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04-18-2013, 02:49 PM
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Amnestying Richards is one thing. To amnesty him only to give out another long-term contract is another — especially to someone who's over 30.
What's really strange is this team has had much better luck with the purported stop-gap guys (Cullen, Nylander, Straka, Rucchin) than they have with the big ticket items (Gomez, Richards, Drury). I don't know if that comes with lowered expectations and a smaller commitment or what, but it stands to reason to me that going from one long contract to one slightly lesser contract makes little sense. Trade Gomez and sign Gaborik. Get rid of Drury, bury Redden and sign Richards. Jane get me off this crazy thing.
The core is here: Stepan, Callahan, Nash, Hagelin, Brassard, Kreider up front, McDonagh, Girardi, Staal, Del Zotto, Stralman and Moore on the back end and Lundqvst. Enough trying to hit a homerun with a big FA signing when you're paying for their past not what they're likely to do in the future. Time builld around that core. If that means going into next year with a 1-2 center punch of Stepan and Brassard so be it. At least give me some continuity.
I agree, SO MUCH, with this post.
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