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10-14-2013, 12:37 AM
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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.

Agreed. If he hits the numbers that the organization was looking for when they signed him to this contract they will keep him on board. Basically he would be fulfilling his end of the bargain and the Rangers would getting what they were paying for. The cap is going up. It's hard to replace a player like him if he continues to play at this level. You'd end up signing another FA to another crazy contract anyway, and who's out there when free agency starts? You won't know until then, and it guaranteed that the majority of the good players will re-sign with their current teams prior to free agency with the way things have been trending lately.

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