Thread: Larry Brooks: Slats in no rush to add Brad
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11-24-2010, 05:05 PM
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Nothing that either Stepan or Anisimov have shown yet should lead someone to believe they are going to be 80-90 point players. Nothing. But of course that won't stop so many deluded fans from pinning this franchise's entire future on them. Make no mistake: this team needs to take the next step sooner rather than later. This team needs a #1 center, and if we DON'T acquire Richards, then this team's chances at becoming a contender while Lundqvist and Gaborik are in their primes rest entirely on the possibility that Stepan and/or Anisimov are going to be all-star caliber top line centers.

And if neither one becomes that? Well, then all these years of "rebuilding" will have been for nothing. That's what happens when you build a team backwards, the way this team has done it. Your window becomes very small.

Richards is an insurance policy, and clearly quite underrated by a number of people here who I would guess have probably never watched him play on any consistent basis.

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