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06-28-2013, 10:30 PM
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"In 2013, the buyout period begins 48 hours after the Stanley Cup Final ends and concludes on July 4 at 5 p.m."

It seems to me that with this new FA talking/not signing period for 48 hours - the 3rd/4th this year the optimal play here would be:
1. Not announce what they are doing with Richards
2. Talk to Ribeiro/Lecavalier during these two days and see if they can agree on a deal with them (obviously much shorter term than Richards and likely less money or at least comparable for Ribeiro)
3A. If they can agree - buy out Richards.
3B. If they can't agree - explore the other good FA options (this can be with step 2)
3C. If they don't like anything out there then just announce their intention to keep Richards.

No point making the decision early when you can wait and get more information.

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