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04-14-2010, 03:17 PM
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I'm not saying that getting Brad Richards would make us a cup contender. I'm saying that getting Kovy won't.
I agree. I'm not advocating that we trade for Richards, or that we sign Marleau or Plekanec. I'm saying we should be patient this offseason. We need to fix our cap situation.
If we are smart this year, we can have enough money to re-sign our RFAs and get a Richards or Thorton as a UFA next year.
How will our cap situation suddenly be better next offseason? Rozi and Drury will still have a year left on their deals (and Redden would still be in Hartford). You'd have the same exact situation next offseason.
Kovalchuk > Thornton > Richards... he's also several years younger, and there's no guarantee that Thornton or Richards will hit UFA a year from now or ever (yes, I know the Devils could re-sign or trade Kovalchuk, but I'm operating on the assumption that he's there on July 1st).
Passing on Kovalchuk because you think the grass will be greener next offseason is foolish. It's the same type of arguments being made last offseason about not signing Gaborik because Kovalchuk would be an UFA. Gabby worked out pretty good, eh? Get the bird in hand while you can.
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