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03-03-2011, 10:29 AM
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The Cliff Lee comparison isn't exactly spot on, because Lee has never won a championship and Richards has. But Lee was concerned about the Rangers' financial commitment to winning, and his contract may have prevented the Rangers from retaining some of their players or making a splash in free agency. It seems like Richards has some similar concerns with the Stars: are the new owners going to penny pinch or are they willing to spend whatever it takes to become a winner?

Obviously the Rangers have no problems spending money, but in terms of winning now, there would still be some holes on this team with Richards, and the defense would still be one of the youngest in the league. Richards would be looking at a championship a few years into his contract, if it all. But what's not being mentioned here is the Tortorella factor, and I think Richards' relationship with Torts is a big part of what makes New York an attractive destination for Richards.

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