A little bit of news on the Stars trickling in over the weekend, and hopefully there will be more this week. The biggest news is a source said that the offer that Brad Richards received before the trade deadline was his choice of either contracts that San Jose centers Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau recently signed. Thornton signed a three-year deal for $21 million that will start in the 2011-12 season. It is structured at $8 million next season, $7 million in 2012-13 and $6 million in 2013-14. He will be 32 when it starts. Marleau signed a four-year $27.6 million deal that started last season when he was 31. It averages $6.9 each season. Richards turned 31 on May 2 and is coming of a contract that averaged $7.8 million. There are many discussing the fact he will make at least $7 million a year in free agency and could sign a deal five years or longer. Neither Richards' agent Pat Morris nor Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk would confirm or deny if this was the offer. Sources also confirm that Tom Gaglardi and his people still are working on their purchase agreement, and that it could be finished by the end of this week. It really is a complicated formula, as they are trying to put together an offer that is fair to them, but also won't allow other potential buyers to get in a bidding war. If the offer is in at the end of the week, the NHL, the lenders, the teams and Gaglardi will try to move quickly into a pre-packaged bankruptcy hearing, which could take as little as 30 days or could stretch on the way the Texas Rangers' did last summer. Everyone involved believes lessons were learned in the Rangers' case, and that this one should go more smoothly.