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02-25-2013, 09:53 PM
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Originally Posted by HatTrick Swayze View Post
I have no doubt they COULD trade Richards if it ame to it. Probably get a decent to good package too.

But with the cap benefit recapture out there as a possibility I would expect them to buy him out instead -again if it came to it, he has a year and a half to find his game.

Nothing will happen until next year's deadline, at minimum.
Its too much of a risk to trade Richards because if he retires before the contract is expired, the Rangers are on the hook with 6.6 million in dead cap space for the remainder of the contract.

Compliance buy out is the only guarantee the Rangers are free, forever, from the contract and any cap hit.

I can see one of two options:

1- He plays the rest of 12-13 and plays all of 13-14 with the Rangers, and gets bought out spring/summer 2014.

2- He plays the rest of 12-13 and gets bought out this spring/summer.

IMO, option 2 is ideal.

Trade for O'Reilly, either now, deadline, or in the summer. Buy out Richards. And have spare cap space to re-up our important RFAs.

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