Thread: Player Discussion: Brad Richards Part II
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05-15-2013, 07:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Bob Richards View Post
Problem is, if he gets injured, we can't buy him out. He instantly becomes a 6 year anchor.
The thing with this is, there's every incentive for Richards to stay healthy. The buyout doesn't restrict his future salary (like you'd find with other contract issues) as there's no offset, it's free money. Looked at another way, any injury that would potentially preclude a buyout would put him on LTIR (no cap ramifications) or retirement (and I don't believe cap-recapture starts until 2015). I never understood the "can't risk him getting hurt" argument...unless I'm wrong about the recapture thing.

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