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02-25-2013, 07:15 PM
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Originally Posted by RangerBoy View Post
Richards has some huge salary years coming up. Nashville is already paying Weber a mint. Cap recapture hurts the Rangers. They can still possibly take a cap penalty in the future if Richards doesn't fulfill the term of his contract and Richards is traded. Compliance buyout means the Rangers are only obligated to the buyout which doesn't count against the cap. Richards retires on them,the Rangers will take a cap penalty if he doesn't complete the contract. No black and white. Crystal clear.
I suspect that there is not a possibility that the Ranger owners would even think about trying to peddle him with us paying 50 % of his salary with that kind of noose dangling over the teams cap hit if he retired ? Keep in mind that if he was available at half price...he might be attractive and we get a good pic or two back which might take the sting out of a bad cap hit near the end of his contract . Something to toss around and discuss...we then take that Richards annual salary and use it on Getzlaf .

So...we get Getzlaf , a couple of high picks and all it cost us is an owner paying a few Million every year to another team....who feel a guy like Richards can be the missing piece for them and they give us assets back .

Hockey could hurt us for a season or two down the road ..unless those guys we get back are playing on entry level contracts which eases the pain of a Richards retiring early if he goes that route .

Who knows...Dolan might balk at the fact of paying that kind of buy out on Richards and want to explore this option . It might be a lot cheaper on his wallet ? I like the idea of getting a couple of assets back especially if they are blue chippers . Who knows...there are a lot of teams that might feel he would put them over the top ?

Brad Richards is a hockey player who has never done anything else in his life or knew how to do anything else ...and IMO he will not contemplate retirement for at least 4-5 more seasons .

Does that sound crazy ?

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