2013 Offseason Thread Part VI: Buyout Season
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06-19-2013, 12:19 PM
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Slim chance? Ok. The Rangers are not going to keep Richards past next season, no matter how well he does. When he retires early, and he will, the Rangers will incur a large penalty due to cap recapture.
Therefore, the only options are to either buy him out this summer, or next summer. If they wait until next summer, they run the risk of him getting injured and not being able to buy him out. So there really is no choice.
There's no chance of him redeeming himself enough that they'll decide to keep him past next season. And whatever benefit he might provide to this team next year isn't worth the risk of him getting hurt.
Yes, he most likely will be bought out next season, but now you have a guy who is playing for a contract (dont we know how players usually tend to perform in contract years? which is technically what this is).. WIll the Rangers take the risk to maybe reap the reward? who knows.
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