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02-15-2011, 12:16 PM
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azrok22
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Originally Posted by hpNYR View Post
Toronto was very much in the conversation. Richards/agent themselves said it.
Richards said it, but you need to look at the context. Essentially he was asked: "so, you're a UFA, would you consider Toronto?" He responded:

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“When the time comes, if that’s an option, Toronto is always a No. 1 hockey destination,” says Richards when asked about playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs. “It would be great being a Canadian playing in Toronto but we’re not even close to that bridge yet and, like I said, I’m focused here.”
That doesn't indicate that he is interested in Toronto at all. What do you expect him to say? "Toronto? LOL no!"

His statement was that "Toronto is a No. 1 hockey destination," and that does not indicate that it is his no. 1 hockey destination or even one that he has any interest in going to. Logic suggests to me that he won't be interested in a rebuild. Obviously, I could be wrong, but I doubt it.

EDIT: I think the speculated destinations from McKenzie/Dreger are much more likely: Dallas, NYR, TB, or LA.

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