Thread: Player Discussion: Brad Richards
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02-19-2013, 04:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Bleed Ranger Blue View Post
Its nice to have the option in the back pocket in Summer 2014.

A ton can happen between now and then. We can speculate on a message board, but I assure you the Rangers front office isnt giving it any thought whatsoever right now.
I can assure you that they are giving it consideration because if they weren't, they wouldn't be doing their jobs.

Richards is playing for his long term deal right now. If his production tails off a buyout after the 2014 season is a no brainer. We knew that when we acquired him we'd get the production in the short term but we'd have to take on the long term risk (signed until 2020). If we can get out of the deal before all of our younger players get their raises, we've absolutely maximized that signing.

Nothing personal against Richards, I think he's played fine but we all know what having an aging center with a long term contract can do to our cap situation.

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