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05-04-2013, 05:00 PM
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eco's bones
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Richards seems slow skating wise--reaction wise--reaching all the time--getting knocked over. His playmaking (always his strongest point) looks kind of ordinary these days. His passing has lost some accuracy and he's prone to throwing the puck around. Looks like he's gassed half of the time and just gets rid of the puck. IMO both Stepan and Brassard are better players than he is now and even Boyle is more valuable in respect to being larger and more flexible in different roles.

Personally I'd be okay dumping him with our last buy out this off season though if we don't I can understand that he's still capable of putting up a decent amount of points but there's no way in hell we can afford his $6.6 mil cap hit for the next 7 years. He's the obvious guy for our last buy out whether it's this summer or the one after.

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