Thread: Player Discussion: Brad Richards Part II
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05-13-2013, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by nyr2k2 View Post
If you were to cut bait with Richards and Pyatt, and brought in Bozak and Stalberg, you could go something like:

Hagelin-Stepan-Nash
Zuccarello-Brassard-Callahan
Stalberg-Bozak-Dorsett

And then hopefully you've also got Miller and Kreider, maybe Lindberg, pushing for spots. But right there you have nine guys that actually belong in a top nine. And save for Dorsett, they're all more than capable offensively. I don't usually enjoy doing"what if" projections, but I like the idea of having legitimate depth and balance through the lineup. Of course, only if the price is right...

One thing that's becoming clear to me, though, is that when I look to next season I just can't come up with a lineup that includes Brad Richards. Not one that I feel good about anyway.
I think the hope has to be that Kreider will be ready for a top-9 role next year. Given a longer leash due to the regular season he has to play every night in the NHL. Just too much talent.

I would go after Bickell though.

Bickell-Boyle-Asham/Haley

Agreed on not wanting Bozak for 5.5 million/season. Stephen Weiss?

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