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06-16-2013, 01:51 PM
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It would be a gamble to keep Richards one more season and then buy him out. Sure he wants to rebound and i'm confident he will, but his contract in the salary cap world especially part 2 after the most recent lockout you can't take a chance in either trading him or him retiring before the contract is up. Plus he does not fit especially with the option to use a prospect that may be ready for NHL duties, i'm talking about Miller or Lindberg. Stepan stepped up huge this past season to a point where he has to be the #1 center now, Brassard seems to slide into the #2 or #3 spot Boyle can slide down to the #4 spot and that opens up #3, which is a perfect spot for a prospect to break into the NHL (meaning Miller or Lindberg). Also keep in mind that Hrivik, Mcilrath, Fast, and some others are supposed to get real long good looks in camp this season, which may make some other players expendable.

This is why I think Richards gets bought out now, and it is cheaper to buy him out now instead of next summer because this summer it is only 27 mill I think, next summer it is his full salary for the season and then the buyout which comes to I think 29 mill.

this is a bit off topic in this thread, but goes with my post, others become expendable like Richards, Asham, Powe, Pyatt even

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