Thread: Player Discussion: Brad Richards
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02-19-2013, 05:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Rangerdanger20 View Post
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.
Richards isn't a cap dump until 2017-2018. He'll turn 37 in 2016-2017 and still make 7 a year.

As far as replacing him goes, we might not be able to keep him anyway. We have numerous young players that will need to receive significant raises before that time comes, basically all of our good players. Whether we'll have the money to keep all those guys will be dependent on where league revenues go which determines the cap.

The safest bet is to get rid of him after next season, avoid the risk, and if we have the space we can go after someone younger.

If Richards was pumping out 90+ points and running a great power play I'd be singing a different tune but he's not. He's been a mid 60 point player for the Rangers and his shot totals are down right.

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