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02-21-2013, 05:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Ailurophile View Post
Strip down the roster? No.

If Richards continues to play like he is now, you won't have to worry about what I would or would not do. He'll play himself right in to a buyout since he is the only guy it would make sense to use it on. I like Richards, loved him in Dallas. I want him to succeed here, just as much as I want DZ to, but when players do not meet expectations, and you have a way to remove them, while improving the team, I think you explore those options.

It's not knee-jerk, because even if this team was 15-0-0, I would be considering this move. Unless somehow DZ started to look like EK up in Ottawa.
I enjoy how the benchmark for a playmaking defenseman has become Erik Karlsson who, when all is said and done, will be a generational player. If those are the parameters you are measuring by, be prepared to be disappointed by whoever the Rangers bring in to fill that role for the next decade +.

Maybe Ill consider this trade if O'Reilly was more like Sidney Crosby.

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