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10-14-2013, 12:30 AM
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Originally Posted by nils2317 View Post
Unlike some, I'm too lazy to go back and find the posts I made about this, but I was 100% for keeping Richards
At first, I was not... I was hoping he'd bought out, but then I saw some interesting posts about actually REPLACING him.... and then realized that we might get stuck with david ****ing clarkson, afterwhich i realized a 30 goal 1C that knows the game is VERY hard to replace. Which leads me to my next point

Originally Posted by mrjimmyg89 View Post
If he can play like this, there is no reason to buy him out. There will be cap space to keep him. Look at all the other UFAs we have and I think if his performance continues, he stays and others would go. I think others would go away first anyway (Boyle, Pyatt, Moora, Asham) and be able to replace with alternative/younger options and keep Richards.

The Cap will go up. There will be space for him. There are young guys on cheaper deals to replace some more expensive players.
The cap is supposed to go up to 80M in the next 3-5 years, no? if that is the case, I think we can afford to keep him, which again goes back to the question of WHO could replace Richards and consistently put up points? If Richards can keep doing it, it's worth the risk.

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