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05-11-2013, 02:07 PM
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Originally Posted by RangerBoy View Post
The Rangers can't find themselves in the situation Minnesota will be in this summer.

Minnesota needs to free up money. Amnestying Heatley(1 year remaining) would go a long way to filling other needs. That shoulder surgery complicates the issue. Richards is under contract for 7 more years. The Rangers can't take risk Richards suffering an injury which requires season ending surgery next season or a season ending injury/long term injury. If Richards was still an above average player,you would have a chance to justify keeping him next season and then possibly using the remaining compliance buyout. Richards would give the Rangers a fold the fort player for another year which gives JT Miller,Oscar Lindberg and Boo Nieves another year of development if the plan was keeping Richards for 13-14. That's out the window. Richards has fallen off the map. Torts likes to bang Kreider for this and for that. Torts said Kreider was "god-awful" at times. Richards is worse than that. Gorton covered the Rangers by acquiring Brassard in the Gaborik trade.
You make a good point here. Question: does the buyout have to happen over the summer, or can it be anytime before next summer?

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