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05-10-2011, 02:26 PM
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Bring back Torts!
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Originally Posted by we want cup View Post
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.
Fair enough reasoning.

With Torts behind the bench will give Richards consistency for four years of the contract, but I'm not in favor of his age. Just not for it if it's five years or more.

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