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04-04-2013, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Off Sides View Post
Why is that?

Richards has not been Richards this year and they still are doing ok.

Are you suggesting Torts should make Richards so unhappy next season he too is willing to waive his clause?

Kidding aside, I think Brassard can be a #2 center, Columbus was all sorts of messed up for a long time, there are many Columbus fans that say he has major skill, which he appears to have, but they say he tends to disappear at even strength. If that is true, is that an uncorrectable problem?
Because Stepan as a #1 and Brassard as a #2 absolutely maxes out their potential. A lot is going to have to go right for that to happen.

And in a league that year after year after year proves that elite play down the middle is paramount, Im not too keen on a Stepan/Brassard bet.

This is not me advocating hanging on to Richards by any means after 2014, but the need for the type of player Brad Richards used to be will almost assuredly still be there.

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