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02-19-2013, 05:02 PM
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Long Island, NY
Originally Posted by
stan the caddy
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.
two questions, if we buy out richards, A. who fills his place? miller or stepan or another high paid center? and B. how do we compete without a #1 center thats as close to a sure thing to perform in the playoffs as it gets. i really dont think down the line his cap hit is going to be a problem, he can be traded, the isles traded a second just to reach the cap floor, and even in 4 years Richards will be somewhat worth trading for.
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