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02-03-2013, 01:17 AM
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Originally Posted by SupersonicMonkey View Post
I agree. I'm worried. He's starting to look like he's declining. Hope not.
Don't believe he's declined THAT much in recent years, he has enough in the tank to be likely valued for 3, maybe 4 years, then likely opt out of smaller contract.

But that is not the key issue for us.
We will need lots of ability to sign our core in about 2-3 years.
At that point, diminishing cap + big contract = huge problem.

So we either hold on to Richards and dump him with the buyout at the last possible moment (otherwise a foregone conclusion)
we trade him, try to get something for him even if we are not upgrading, and retain a potentially useful buyout,

it's expensive, but it does allow us to keep Gaborik, and sign McD, etc.

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