Does Hiring Vigneault Mean a Reprieve for Brad Richards?
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06-16-2013, 04:41 AM
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LTIR won't help us when he retires 3 years before his contract is up.
Some of you guys just don't get it. This decision has nothing to do with the coach. This is 100% on Sather and the rest of the front office.
If not for the change to the amnesty rules, Redden would have spent this season on his couch, because the Rangers weren't going to risk him getting hurt and them not being able to buy him out. Why does anyone believe that it will be any different with Richards?
Richards will get bought out this summer. Period. End o' story.
The more I think of it, the more I think this will be the case. Although personally I'd strongly argue against it, I'd keep him this season and buy him out next year, the summer of 2014.
Use him as a stopgap this year to make sure our young players develop according to plan. If we buy Richie out THIS year, who replaces him?
At the end of the day, this FA class is a ****show, our young players are not ready to step into that void he leaves.
Who would be our centers? Stepan, Brass, Boyle? I'd keep Richards 1 more year, I know it's a risk, but I think it's worth it.
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