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06-28-2013, 11:06 AM
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Originally Posted by HatTrick Swayze View Post
I know you are being sarcastic, but to address the point because I'm bored:

The obvious kicker was the long layoff (including not playing overseas) at his age. And not being physically ready led to a slump and his confidence spiraled out of control.

Which is why, while I think he will turn it around, I'm not sure he can do it in NY. Too much mental baggage. Confidence was just as much of an issue as the physical limitations IMO.
I understand that there was a long layoff, but it's his own fault for not staying in shape; and to me, that shows a lack of commitment. If you don't want to play overseas that's fine, but there were hundreds of players in the NHL who didn't play in the offseason and they still manage to come into the year in respectable shape.

I think the issue here is that Sather doesn't want to be the guy who buys out Richards, only to see him go to Toronto and score 75 points next year on a line with Kessel and Lupul. If he waits it out for another season, he can at least say that Richards continued to stink up the joint, or, if he rebounds, he can try and trade him or buy him out under the idea that he was "forced to" because of the cap.

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