Thread: Player Discussion: Brad Richards Part III: The Buy-Out!
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05-23-2013, 03:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Stepan Razor View Post
Ok, so if 6th ave doesn't stand in the way (even though they would), what about 29 other NHL teams? You think the Devils or the Penguins would be fine with the NYR circumventing the rules to save a few million/year in cap hit?

You buy him out sooner than later because you can use all the cap money you can get, especially in a season where the cap is going to decrease. It allows Sather increased flexibility and removes a potential bad situation from the locker room. The amnesty buyout is a freebie and you can bet your ass it's going to be used this summer.
Well, in this hypothetical scenario, no, I can't imagine the teams would stand in the way of a buyout. Gomez and Redden were left for dead and look relatively revitalized (and their season will extend longer than their former parent club's). If the 29 other GM's were to, for the sake of argument, get together, I'd imagine the prevailing logic would be new players at reduced rates (because almost all amnesty buyouts will have to sign some manner of 'make good' contract).

To be clear, this is not advocating for Richards remaining for the duration of his contract, but rather why him being on the 2013/14 squad makes more sense than an immediate buyout does.

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