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06-03-2012, 01:41 AM
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Ragamuffin Gunner
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Originally Posted by Tender Rip View Post
I haven't been to that planet, so it is ignorance on my part, that I don't know how you feel .

Richards will be 35 at the end of his contract, and once he is 33 the salary drops to something that can easily be moved unless he has no wheels left. How one can consider these comparable I just don't know. That's like saying you'd prefer to see Malkin and/or Crosby get three or four year deals next time to better manage risk....

And as for locker room issues.... Richards was the captain on the Flyers, an important piece on Canada's Olympic gold team and is by all accounts the next captain on the soon to be Stanley Cup winners. Perhaps the jibes about him have been overdone due to the animosity there is towards Philly....didn't take more than one series before every ones darling Giroux became a black sheep.
Look no further than Jeff Carter. CBJ gave up a huge package for him and his HUGE contract. He didn't like CBJ and played like **** so they were forced to move him for much less than they paid for him.

These retirement contracts can be just as scary as only having 1 year to reach a deal with a player on your own terms.

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