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02-15-2013, 12:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Ranger de FLA View Post
Then what's Plan B if we buy out Richards and Getzlaf doesn't go to the Rangers?

Derek Stepan will be our #1C? He's a young Richards-light, in my opinion. We'll be on the market for a #1C again.

I know Richards looks bad, but he's still contributing. He is making dumb plays, but he still has enough skill to get it done while he looks bad.

He's not the sharpest right now. Just gotta give it time.
Depends on the timing of when you can exercise a compliance buyout and when you an sign UFAs. If they overlap, it's actually pretty simple:

1) Go after Getzlaf in UFA.

2a) If he signs, then use the compliance buyout on Richards.

2b) If he goes elsewhere, keep Richards for another year.

Regardless of whether or not Getzlaf comes here, however, if this trend continues - or honestly anything we see anything other than a return to form of the Brad Richards who last played in Dallas - we need to keep the buyout in our back pocket, either for this year or next.

Whether or not his immediate replacement has already been identified should not enter the question - the contract will be an albatross unless he picks up his play significantly. Not having a 1C identified by the time the window expires is no reason to accept that burden.

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