Richards' future on the NYR
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07-05-2013, 12:15 PM
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Here is why not buying out Brad Richards is a positive.
Point 1: Look at some of the idiocy going on today with money flying around, and we haven't even seen what Clarkson and Iginla will get. We have seen repeatedly that Sather writes checks like a drunken sailor on the 1st day of free agency. Because of the Richards contract, he's not able to do that.
Point 2: Without the ability to sign people to these insane deals, we will be forced to promote from within. We're constantly talking about spots for Chris Kreider and JT Miller and promoting Oscar Lindberg and Jesper Fast and Dylan McIlrath and the litany of kids we have in the system that don't get a shot to play. This forces us to give the kids an honest look, and see what we have, as opposed to continually bringing in the Taylor Pyatt's and Arron Asham's of the world. Because of the Richards contract, he's not able to do that.
Point 3: If Sather did cut bait on Richards into this weak free agent pool and make signings, we would have very little chance to rid ourselves of the contracts next year, when we have Callahan and Lundqvist, among a few others, needing new deals. If he went out there and used the Richards money on 2-3 guys the way Holmgren is using the Bryzgalov/Briere money, we would be strapped when we need the money the most. Because of the Richards contract, he's not able to do that.
Point 4: Richards could actually bounce back and have a good season this year, allowing Stepan to continue to mature into the 1C role, Brassard into the 2C role, and the idea that the 3rd center is Miller or one of the other kids when Richards is bought out next year. Having Richards here allows some semblance of patience when it comes to making sure the right prospects/young players are getting the right amount of play at the right time. Because of the Richards contract, he's not able to do that.
Thank you Brad Richards, for about 12 months, then you're out of here. But, today, thanks!All of these are assuming Sather is REALLY dumb and that Gorton or whoever have nothing to do with Free Agency.
I'm pretty positive Sather wouldn't have thrown money @ Clarkson or any other UFAs.
And you are forgetting one huge negative of keeping Richards, injury risk.
This is just blind Sather hatred.
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