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06-23-2011, 05:52 PM
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Originally Posted by kenjets36 View Post
I disagree. These last 2 years he's been relatively healthy for us. Last year he was barely worth anything in games we needed him most. Chances are he's going to suffer some major injury in the next 3 years of his contract and won't be worth anything since he wont be on the ice. He's a risk. I'll take Richards over Gaborik any day.
In a vacuum, it's pretty close to even value. But everything that Richards brings to the table besides the pure statistics is already provided by Dubinsky, Callahan and Prust. That's why I said "as currently constructed." I'd rather have a potential 40-goal guy without the leadership in this lineup than a potential 30-goal guy with it.

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