Thread: Speculation: Brad Richards
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02-20-2011, 08:27 PM
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Originally Posted by HogtownSabresfan View Post
I'm not a huge Burke fan because I don't think he's that smart. I just like the gambling attitude. You can run your team to make the playoffs every year and go for the big prize. Sabres have always been middling. No cups and very few good 1st round picks.
I think there's a difference between gambles and calculated risks. I think trading Ennis + Kassian + 2011 1st for Brad Richards, who is a rental, is a reckless gamble. Richards doesn't make this team a Cup contender. Plus, in order to compete for the Cup, you need to have some players on ELC's whose play exceeds their contract. I think throwing an 8yr/$60 mil deal at Richards, with $55 mil paid over the first six years, is a calculated risk worth taking. And you don't have to give up the large amount of assets in the process.

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