Thread: LeBrun: Rangers WANT Richards
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12-05-2010, 03:22 PM
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Originally Posted by MrBigglesworth View Post
Can they afford him?
Richards is making 7.8 right now and we can afford him. Its more a question of whether or not Richards is confident in this team's new ownership (which is a ??? right now) and how that affects his decision to re-sign. His signing is further complicated by the fact that this team is really in the financial hands of the lenders and the NHL, NOT Tom Hicks. If the sale looks as if its to go on into next season Dallas also has to ask themselves if dedicating nearly $6-8 million to one player on a team with as good of a forward group as this one has is really worth it with the holes on defense. If we are to remain a budget team next season then maybe that money is better used on D/whatever Richards returns. He is a very important part of the team but Ribeiro is a #1C and Benn could easily take over as a #2C if need be. Management would prefer to keep Richards and trade Ribs if they have to (to shore up other parts of the roster) but sometimes things don't work exactly as you want them to (hell they would probably rather keep both and have an owner that spends to the cap, we have $10 million in cap space and one of the cheapest D cores in the league).

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