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06-29-2013, 08:36 AM
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Nac Mac Feegle
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Originally Posted by Lundsanity30 View Post
The good news... if Richards returns to form, the Rangers center depth actually becomes very damn good with Stepan moving to 2, and Brassard to 3, Boyle to 4.

The bad news.. He gets injured and the team is in deep **** for quite a while unless the cap goes up substantially..
Not really.

If the cap goes up, chances are individual salaries will go up by the same token. In 3, 4, 5, years, you'll simply have the next group of RFAs and UFAs to sign. Having any amount of cap room eaten up by any player who is retired will hurt, no matter how much the cap increases. You won't get guys to accept 2013 value in 2017. By then basic 4th liner could well be 2.5 million in the marketplace for all we know.

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