Thread: Speculation: Richards' future on the NYR
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07-04-2013, 12:23 PM
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Originally Posted by iamitter View Post
Speaking purely theoretically, what would it take for the NYR (barring an injury) to retain Richards' services after next year.

Let's say he plays 79 games in the regular season and puts up 24 goals and 61 assists for 85 points. The Rangers go top 5 on the PP and Richards leads the team with 36 PPP. He puts up 17 points in 23 games in the playoffs and we lose in the Finals. Do you retain his services, or exercise the compliance buyout?

Some things to keep in mind:

At the end of Richards' contract, when he's 39-40, assuming the same growth it has shown thus far, the cap will be at 90ish million. His cap hit with that kind of cap would be equivalent to around 4.8 million at the time he signed his contract.
Horton and Clarkson look like they'll be making 6-6.5 million this year. Richards' cap hit is only slightly above that.
The current contract for stars looks to be around 8.5 million for 8 years. It's likely we see cap hits in the 9+ range very soon.

If you think we should keep him in this scenario, what kind of season would be required of him for you to not use the buyout? Where is the threshold?
Not only is it too risky to not buy him out next year, I consider it too risky to not buy him out NOW.

I'm not sure it would fly but if Dolan did another Redden with Richards, insisted he suit up, not play for AHL team, would that be enough for Richards to approach Rangers about he the player voluntarily agreeing to quit the contract - for half.

Unless some scenario along those lines can be played with a reasonable basis of possible success, the buyout should be immediate.

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