Late Sunday night, the Rangers traded Mike Richter's rights to the Edmonton Oilers for future considerations. But he may not stay with the Oilers for long because the netminder will become an unrestricted free agent as of 12:01 AM ET. July 1. Edmonton will receive a compensatory draft pick if Richter signs with another team.
Last season, Richter compiled a 24-26-2 record, along with a 2.95 goals against average before his season suddenly ended on March 22 with a skull fracture.
The Abington, Pennsylvania native has appeared in 653 career NHL games with the Rangers, posting a 296-252-72 record, along with a 2.89 goals against average over 14 seasons with the Blueshirts. The 296 victories are the most in Rangers team history.
As an unrestricted free agent, Richter is eligible to sign with any NHL club, including the possibility of re-signing with the Rangers.
In a similar move on Sunday, the Toronto Maple Leafs traded the rights to goalie Curtis Joseph to the Calgary Flames. Joseph also becomes an unrestricted free agent after Monday's midnight deadline.