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05-10-2011, 02:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Ranger de FLA View Post
Exactly. Six years is way too long for 31. Gimme three or four years. Five is pushing it. Six I don't like either.

What are people going to say when he's 34-35 years old hogging up $6.5? Do we actually think he's going to be potting 50 assists all five-six years?

Who's to say, but it's risky and unnecessary, in my opinion.

Stay away from Richards unless it's less than 5 years.
Richards' game is centered around smart puck distribution and placement. That isn't something that's going to decline noticeably with age. Look at a guy like Daniel Affredsson, who, up until this year, was consistently putting up 50ish or more asissts consistently since 02-03. This year he had a down year, which was a result of injuries, as well as the fact that Ottawa as a whole had a pretty miserable season. If he had been healthy, and Ottawa had had a remotely good team, I'm sure he would have pushed 50 assists again.

The nature of Richards' game is such that there's no reason to predict a major change in his quality of play. Any acquisition is a risk. This seems like a smart one.

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