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04-23-2011, 07:40 PM
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Originally Posted by polako View Post
My argument against signing Brad Richards:

Before this season began, did anyone watch a Dallas game and think, 'man, i can't wait until Brad Richards becomes a FA, because could bring the NYR to the next level?"

For most, it was "no." He's benefiting from circumstance, as there are really no great FAs out there this summer. Last year, Kovalchuk was a different story; he was someone worth spending serious cash one. Richards, not so much.

Signing Richards is a repeat of the Gomez and Drury mistakes.
*raises hand*

It's not that there are no great FAs, it's that Richards is the ONLY great FA. I don't know why so many people think that he's not a true star player. He already has a pair of 90-point seasons under his belt, he's only 30 years old, and his worst PPG rate in his career was .76, which he put up his first two years in the league.

I can't remember the last time there was a player available who was a better fit for our team. We need a top-line center, a true playmaker, and Richards fits that bill in every way.

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