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02-16-2013, 08:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Lion Hound View Post
I know there's been talk of that but, that's a costly buyout no? Plus wasn't Richards contract front loaded so his actual salary was peanuts later on? Team looking to reach the floor would like be interested.
Unfortunately, even if Richards is a ~70+ point guy the next two seasons, the new CBA made not buying Richards out (not necessarily this offseason) a huge risk, due to the cap hit benefit recapture penalties for pre-lockout long term deals.

Having O'Reilly would make having to bite the bullet and buyout Richards a lot more stomachable, and O'Reilly + Stepan as your top 2 centers would not be a bad combo at all.

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