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02-09-2013, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Tortorella View Post
Yeah that's the big problem here. Technically we need Richards because he is still a productive centerman (at least on the scoresheet), however I think it best benefits us in the long term to get rid of his contract ASAP because his on ice play has been far from impressive during his Ranger tenure here. I think he should be able to get a great return since 1Cs are the highest valued commodity in the NHL. The Rangers should get at the very least a good prospect, a filler roster player and a 1st Rounder from a team desperate enough for a 1C. Next year without Richards will be a mini-retooling period by 'letting the kids play' and they can look at the deadline for a guy like Pavelski and sign him to a long term deal.
Richards has a full NMC. He won't be moved and he won't be bought out this summer. There's absolutely zero chance. We acquired Nash because we want to compete for the cup and the chances are much much higher with Richards in the lineup next season than without.

Then in 2014 with several big contracts running out and the last possibility of the amnesty buyout, they might consider buying Richards out depending on his play and the general look and direction of the team. But this and next season are the two years with the best chance to win the cup with our current core.

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