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01-31-2011, 04:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Ryan Ellis Problems View Post
Eh, I meant more in the sense that both sides have confirmed contract talks and the lenders have approved breaking the bank for him. Out of all the NHL teams I'd certainly say their chances are the best.

Richards is one of the best players in the NHL, as his appearance in Sunday’s All-Star Game will attest . Yet he can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season , and with their unsettled ownership situation the Stars have not been able to offer him a contract extension.

I'm betting on Brad Richards being a better guy than Cliff Lee. Do you think he believes enough to stay, even with team ownership being in question?

It's difficult to get into his head. If they win the Cup and don't have a new owner, he might stay. If they lose in the first round and don't have a new owner, he might go. It's just so hard to make that kind of decision when all of the information isn't in yet. I know that he did not enjoy the situation in Tampa where he had to go through an ownership change, so he would like some certainty if he is going to commit to a place for the rest of his career.

I know this often comes down to loyalty for the fans, but I think you look at the decision Cliff Lee made, and it's a great decision for himself and his family, and it's a decision he earned by becoming a free agent. I don't know how you can rip a player for that. Brad has earned the right to become a free agent, so he has control of his life from here. We just have to be patient and see what happens.

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