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06-19-2013, 09:58 AM
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I fully expect Richards to get bought out. And knowing Sather, I wouldn't be surprised if he already has plans for that money. Maybe giving Stepan a longer term deal is one of those plans.

But there is a chance that Letang will be available. He isn't the best defensively, but we have enough defensive dmen that can cover for him. Offensively, he's much better than anyone we have, and he's a right handed shot.

It's been rumored that he wants 7m per year. That's a bit steep. I'd be more comfortable with 6 mil per year. There's also the question of what we would have to give up to get him. MDZ for sure, but what else? We don't have a 1st or 2nd this year.

Yes, the trade would be in division, but the Rangers were in on the Jordan Staal trade, so I don't think it's out of the realm of possibility.

Edit: Keep in mind that Letang still has 1 year left on his current contract, at a 3.5 mil cap hit. So the new contract would start in 2014-15.

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