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05-15-2013, 10:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Zil View Post
The harm is that if he gets hurt next year and is still injured when the buyout period rolls around, then we won't be able to amnesty him. That's too big of a risk to take.
Under that same reasoning, Brad Richards shouldn't be playing now as he could just as easily suffer a serious injury (ex. massive pronger/backes/sauer-esque concussion).

You get rid of Richards when he is a detriment to the locker room or you need the immediate capspace. Neither situation fits for next year.

If anything, the Rangers are very lucky. If this Brad Richards performed this way next year (or even half the season), you could always view it as a fluke, instead of a trend.

The guy looks like he's playing with casts on his arms, unable to complete clean short passes. However, he was still a 60pt center this season.

Will he ever be worth the money, absolutely not. But his upside is worth it for the Rangers short-term next year.

3 Typical Reasons people want him gone:

1) Long-term Injury - Worth the risk. Rangers have a better shot of making noise w/ Richards than without. And if he's blocking a spot for a ready youngster, wrap him in bubble-wrap and shelf him in his NYC apartment at anytime.
2) Roster Space for Youngster - If Richards doesn't perform, nothing is blocking a roster spot. However, w/out Richards, you could be repeating a situation where you are rushing players b/c you have no other option (ex. Miller this year)
3) Ability to Sign a FA replacement - Nothing on this year's market is at all worth the swap or risk in a reactionary FA signing

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