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12-01-2009, 11:43 PM
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Originally Posted by SupersonicMonkey View Post
Despite what camp you are in, RE: Richards vs. Savard, it doesn't matter, only one of them would be available at this point; Richards.
I doubt Richards is available right now with the way he's been playing.

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Savard was resigned for 7 years! For a 32 year old that's crazy.
Could be worse, like Philly giving a 34 year old Chris Pronger who's had more than his fair share of injuries over the course of his career a 7 year extension that's going under NHL investigation.

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Richards' contract is up after next season. So, looking at what Savard got, you could renegotiate with him for a similar length and yearly cap hit. And he's 3 years younger. So he would be in his mid-30's when his contract expires.
Ok, so that's when we go after Richards then, after next season, when "Captain Cash" Chris Dreary's contract comes off the books.

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Richards is exactly the kind of player the Rangers need.
Exactly? Not really, the Rangers need a big power center like Getzlaf. They need size and scoring up front.

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Look to move Rozsival or Redden in the Richards deal, and then move the other one later on. And let Drury's contract run out.
Keep dreaming...

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Richards/Gaborik would be dominant.
Maybe.

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Of course, the ideal situation would be to get Kovalchuk, so we can have the one-two punch. But looking at the situation in Atlanta now, it's a very long shot in the dark to hope that Kovalchuk leaves Atlanta, or that Atlanta makes him available.
It's not really a long shot. If the guy wants to stay in Atlanta so bad, then he'd already have been signed.

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