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05-19-2013, 11:32 AM
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Wow, people really don't know anything about Bozak other than his name. He's not a terrible player to have, but at 4-5 Mil, his contract would be considered as bad as Richards.

Buy Richards out after this season, Stepan and Brass are certainly capable of play 1A/1B. It's not ideal and we will still be lacking a true #1C, but those don't grow on trees. Sign a stop gab #3/#4 or let JT Miller slot into the #3 spot full-time next season and deal with his growing pains.

After next season you can spend that Richards cap space elsewhere on the offense.

Stepan
Brass
Miller
Boyle

Not ideal, but better to get Richards contract off the books at this point. We'll be free to sign/trade after next year.

2014 Free Agents (Note: Most of these guys will probably sign extensions before reaching FA)

Malkin
J. Thornton
Vanek
Sedins
Gaborik
P. Statsny
Kessel
Datsyuk
Pominville
P. Bergeron
Heatley
Pavelski

There are options in that group. Now most won't make it to FA and who knows what could happen with trades, but buying out Richards will give us flexibility to add a decent/good/potentially elite scorer in 2014

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