Thread: Speculation: Brad Richards News Part II
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05-10-2011, 06:31 PM
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Originally Posted by NYR Boyler87 View Post
The only problem I am seeing is that people want to give Richards 7+ million/season or a long-term deal and then following that up by saying "if he has players to play with". The only players worth that much money are players that can carry a line and change a series alone. I worry that Richards will come in and only put up 70 points a year while carrying such a high price-tag.
If the cap keeps going up as the league revenues stay strong, and we have inexpensive young talent coming up through the ranks to fill out our roster, is there really much merit to squabbling over $1-1.5 mil in salary? I'd argue that amount will be pretty negligible. Our #1 D pairing has a combined cap hit of just $7.4 mil, and will for the next 3 full seasons, our strong 2nd pairing will have a low cap for the next several years... Whether Richards gets $6.5 mil or $7.5 mil cap hit is not going to be a difference maker in the bigger scheme of things.

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