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04-19-2011, 04:30 PM
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Originally Posted by sarcastro View Post
Actually I'd say it depends on how high the cap goes and whether Nick retires. If he does, they could have a lot of cap room and adding someone like Richards might fit into their structure. He also might have teams scared of his concussions this year, causing him to look for a Hossa-esque 1 year show-me deal. The Wings could definitely be in that market.

They can always put Z on the wing and have a top 12 of Z-D-Bert, Cleary-Richards-Franzen, Hudler-Filppula-Abdelkader, Homer-Helm-Mursak/Eaves/Miller. If they get a decent top 3 defender, that's a really good lineup. And it's not completely impossible to think they could afford it short-term.
Brad Richard's cap hit right now is 7.8m and he put up a 90pt season a year ago. Teams like Toronto and the Rangers won't let his cap hit get much lower and I don't see him as the type of guy who'll take 5m to play for a winning organization. I also don't see the Wings needing/wanting a guy like Richards while Datsyuk, Z and Franzen are here.

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