Thread: Brad Richards
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03-25-2013, 06:44 PM
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Originally Posted by The Perfect Paradox View Post
You expect some sort of decline when a player reaches their early to mid thirties in the "new nhl". It's become a league that favors youth and energy, and while some players like Marty St. Louis and Ray Whitney can still light it up, they seem to be the exception rather than the rule.

Richards is a player who relies on non-physical aspects of his game to gain an advantage. More specifically, his poise and hockey IQ are superior when compared to the average player. Maybe it's just blind optimism, but I don't think a player with those attributes goes from being a 70-80 point producer to a 40-50 over the course of a season and a half. While it may be possible that aging may restrict his abilities, I find it hard to believe it brings his production down 30-40 points in such a short amount of time.

Only time will tell, but I don't think they should amnesty him until the end of next season. I think he can still be a solid60-70 point guy.
You think they can find say a 50-60 point player with a more reasonable cap hit then . The guy is making Crosby money to be a 2-3 tweener.

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