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06-20-2013, 09:46 PM
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Garbage Goal
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Originally Posted by Protest View Post
In hindsight I probably would not have signed him. He is a good guy, and a good player so it's not like I really regret it. I think he played well enough to live up to his contract... as much as a high priced free agent can.

But the fact is he was our 3rd best center who made more money than anyone else on the team. At the time no one really thought Richards was going to turn out to be our best player. He was looked at similarly to the way Laughton is now, though he was believed to have a higher offensive upside. It was thought that it would be 1)Briere, 2)Carter, 3)Richards down the middle, but it turned out being the other way around.

If we had allocated that $6.5 mil to a 3rd line center, and a goalie we probably would have been better off in the long run. The question is what goalie. Was there a goalie available that we could have signed? I don't know off the top of my head.
Don't forget trade options would have been easier as well since Briere's contract was basically unable to be moved.

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