Thread: Proposal: TB/TOR Trade Proposal
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01-18-2011, 09:08 AM
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Originally Posted by BruinsButton View Post
#6 in league scoring, #7 last year and if he makes it to free agency he will be the only first-line center.... Richards is going to be able to name his price and term. Think $8 million or a 10-year contract. He's earned it.
Think again. Teams just aren't prepared to fork out that kind of money anymore (especially on veterans) because it makes them completely non-competitive with the 10+ year deals. Richards will likely be looking at a cap hit in the low 7s/high 6s on a normal deal (see Thornton/Marleau), or a mid 6s / high 5s on a retirement deal.

I'm not saying Toronto will get Richards -- simply that if a #1 centre is going to cost us $7.7m on the cap for the next 8 years and be Vincent Lecavalier, we're better off spending money on the wings, and running with Bozak/Grabo/Kadri and a veteran 3rd line C for the forseeable future.

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