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06-19-2013, 12:20 PM
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Kris Chreider
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Originally Posted by GAGLine View Post
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.
I think it's a Joe Nieuwendyk-type situation. Do you choose the Cup win/deep playoff run or the future stars? Because what if Brad plays like the 1C he's paid to be and gets injured on the play that leads to the Stanley Cup winning goal?

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