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02-13-2013, 10:34 AM
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Why wouldn't he be a buyout candidate?

He's getting paid as an elite player. It's not just the points, but the impact. Gaborik is an elite player (most nights), in that he can score at anytime. Nash is an elite player -- he's slumping right now in terms of putting pucks in the net and he's still our leading scorer, and he adds a dimension that teams just can't defend against, which opens up everything else for other players.

Brad Richards is a step slow and he's not making plays. I don't want to say "empty stats" but they kinda are.

Put it this way. If we could cut ties with Richards and bring in another Nash or Gaborik instead, would you? Hell yes. Roll with Stepan-Miller-Boyle down the center and you've got guys like Lindberg coming up soon too.

Or maybe his salary can be re-appropriated towards a younger FA top line center.

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