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06-05-2011, 07:42 AM
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Continue the rebuild? This team has been "rebuilding" since the season before the lockout (Starting with the great purge). Lundqvist is not going to be around forever. We all have pretty much agreed that this team is 2 to 3 pieces away from being a serious contender. Richards is one of those pieces. Erixon may be another. Team really would just need another winger who can put the puck in the net.
How could you possibly not be sold on Richards? He's been a consistant performer just about his entire career. If you said you were concerned about the money he might want, then yeah, i'd agree with you. His talent is undeniable, though.
Trading Gaborik would be one step backwards. If he gets off to a hot start, you keep him. This team doesn't have anyone else really that can bury the puck. Not signing Richards then trading away Gaborik puts this teams further away from competing. That would be a huge mistake.
Your last statement makes the most sense. If the Rangers signed Richards and traded some of the teams skill depth at the prospect/NHL level to get a scoring winger, then this team could make a serious push next year as well as for several years into the future.
i'm not sold on his age is all...seven years is a long time for a 31 or 32 year old. i wouldn't bet the farm on him. fine if he's gonna come at a reasonable price.
by 'rebuilding' i meant, stay the course. wait for a good deal to come along instead of forcing the richards thing.
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