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05-22-2013, 11:26 AM
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bernmeister
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Someone on one of the columns accessed through Yardbarker asked, as to buying out Richards this season or next, w/big dif of payment, suggested keeping.

I replied:

The numbers don't lie. But, as to:
"Is it really a wise move for the franchise to swallow an additional $6 million just to banish Richards AND fork over the cash to pay his replacement?"

The answer is it would depend upon the replacement.

That $$ long term is best spent on reduced cap dollars for guys like McDonagh +, unless Malkin would consider to come here next year, in which case other moves are needed for $$. However, short term, IF Chicago is unable/unwilling to sign LW Bryan Bickell and RW Viktor Stallberg (a lefty shot, maybe ok on the other W), then signing both these guys ONE YEAR ONLY could be a smart stop gap. (Why do they do it? Another solid full season verifying this year not a fluke would = even bigger payday contract.) That would be best move with Richards salary, assuming all of that falls into place.

Of course, some medical excuse = separation avoiding amnesty would be preferable if doable.

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