"The lenders, for sure, and with the league's blessing, they like what we're doing, they like what they see here with us, and gave us the green light to go ahead and negotiate," Nieuwendyk said. "We ask, can we do this? And we get blessings, so we do this. I think this is a good deal for us."
"I've said all along that I want to sign Brad Richards and we're going to do what we can to make that happen," Nieuwendyk said. "I'm sure it will be a difficult (negotiation). Brad Richards is in position to be the No. 1 free agent in July. That's not a secret. But he enjoys playing here and we want him to be part of our core."