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08-03-2009, 02:33 PM
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Coyotes Bandwagon
I think there's a fundamental misunderstanding amongst out-of-town fans about the Stars and Brad Richards.
Yes, he makes more money than his production would suggest he's worth. But no, that's not reason to give him away for free, and no, it doesn't mean he has a net zero or negative value.
Richards is a very good player at a superstar price. Contrast that with Jason Blake, who is a below-average player for a very good player price.
An expensive, lousy vet on a rebuilding team = zero-to-negative value ... trade him for anything, just to move him off the roster, save the cash and get some sort of asset in return.
A super-expensive, very good vet on a contending team = significant value ... don't trade him unless we're getting one hell of a return.
Most of the deals I see involving Richards in this forum over the last couple weeks don't give us a legit center back, leaving us a huge hole on the second line. It's one thing to not pay attention to the Islanders' specific needs or the Leafs' specific needs when they're trading to get younger (because they both need basically everything), but the Stars? A year removed from the western finals? Trading Richards in return for a middling defenseman or a couple of average prospects? Not in a million years.
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