Thread: Brad Richards
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02-15-2013, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Zenith View Post

Chara re-signed. Thornton re-signed. Backes re-signed. Burns re-signed. All before they hit the market. The list goes on.

If a player is happy with their current situation, and the team gives a good offer, they'll stay. There's no guarantee he hits the market, UFA or not.
Not to mention with the new CBA, players can actually make more money on their deal if they stay because the team can sign their own players for up to 8 years as opposed to the 7 years available to other teams.

By most accounts, Getzlaf -- and his wife especially -- really enjoys SoCal and wants to stay. However, there's a decent chance that Perry and Getz are a package deal to any team that's interested. Even if we trade Gaborik and exercise a compliance on Richards, there's just no way we'd be able to afford them both. $7M+ for each. Right back in the same boat we started in when it comes to retaining our own guys. And that's assuming we can ship out Gaborik without taking on salary, which is virtually impossible in itself.

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