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03-17-2013, 03:35 PM
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Matthew
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Originally Posted by kemisti View Post
Yes. Seems so. He's under contract for seven years after this one. They criticized him last reg. season (was fine postseason) as he wasn't as good as the previous two with Dallas. Now, while never fast player, he seems to have lost another step. Lazy, fumbles the puck, can't stay on he's feet and makes bad decisions with the puck, etc.

I think they will give him at least another year, then if he sucks buy him out at summer 14. They can't have him at 6.6 mil cap hit for another six years if he doesn't improve, he's not playing like top sixer there. And with age, he's likely to decline even more.
Seven years with the cap-circumventing joke 2 or 3 years tacked on at the end, though. This whole lockout nonsense makes it tough to make these hard decisions like trades and buyouts on underperforming players. If they feel like they have to pull the trigger, they gotta do it. They literally cannot afford to make a mistake on Richards and that contract.

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