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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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

Richards/Gaborik would be dominant.

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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