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01-12-2013, 02:46 PM
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Originally Posted by mschmidt64 View Post
Brad Richards is getting just a massive amount of money right now. The problem is not just his age, but the fact that he's just not irreplaceable as a first line center.

He is not nearly as unique as either Gaborik or Nash is. He's not as unique as McDonagh or Lundquist either.

I am not saying we "should" buy out Richards.

But what if you could erase the money he is getting and then go chase a different first line center?

You'd have to think about it.
I just fear that Richards contracts will be a hindrance on our cap. And that he's likely to decline as he ages, it's not worth having that cap number. I'd rather simply re-tool/trade for a more affordable player. Or hope Stepan/Lindberg take the next step.

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