Brad Richards/Mike Ribeiro Are They Options?
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11-21-2010, 08:54 PM
DROP THE PUCK
Join Date: Dec 2007
Rangerboy has gone over the details many times in several threads.
Dubinsky, Callahan, and Anisimov are due raises this summer. They are priority #1.
Drury and his 7+ mil cap hit and full no movement clause are still on the books next season.
Rozsival's 5+ mil cap hit is still on the books next season. And while he may be movable, the question has been raised, who replaces his minutes? And no one has supplied a viable answer. Sauer? Possibly.
Redden's cap hit returns in the summer before they can legally send him back to the AHL (training camp) and clear his cap hit. They can only legally be over the cap by so much in the summer.
Buying out Drury would be a mistake, instead of only being on the hook for one more season, we would be on the hook for two.
If Richards became a UFA in the summer of 2012, none of this would be an issue. But unfortunately, it is an issue.
I LOVE Richards as a hockey player, always have. He's a real heck of a hockey player. And would be ideal. But its not happening, for the simple reason that its nearly impossible to make it work.
Look at the Devils. They're married to Kovalchuk now, for over a decade to come. And they can't currently ice a full solid roster because of it.
We can't afford to be in that situation.
For the first time in a long time we have a leg up on the Devils.
As much as I would LOVE Richards in a Rangers uniform, its just not financially feasible.
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