Thread: Brad Richards
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01-15-2014, 03:04 PM
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Originally Posted by DelZottoHitTheNetJK View Post
The wonderful case of Brad Richards. He's quietly putting together a decent year, albeit not fantastic. Creeping his way towards "acceptable" in terms of his stats/cap hit. I'm surprised it hasn't come up more often, but what do we do with his cap space assuming he's bought out? We can't trade him; is there any chance Glen hangs onto him?

For me, I buy him out all day long and make a major pitch for Stastny/Grabovski/Thornton. Stastny seems to be the most likely guy at this point as it doesn't look too promising that the latter 2 guys are going anywhere
That's the thing. In 2013-2014, his cap hit is FAIR for what he brings to the table.

11-12 - 2nd on team in points (66PTS in 82GP)
12-13 - 3rd on team in points (34PTS in 46GP)
13-14 - 1st on team in points (35PTS in 48GP)

He was also our best forward and most consistent forward for us in the 11-12 post season where we went to the Conference Finals. Could not have gotten there without him.

This is a WORSE team without Brad Richards. Did he initially live up to his contract? Absolutely not. Did he miss expectations as wildly as some people on here assume? Absolutely not.

He has 135PTS in 176GP. That is a 63 point pace pro rated at an 82 game season. He has produced at a 60+ point pace every season as a Ranger.

For $6.6 million, you can do much worse, and with how shallow our team is down the middle, you cannot let go of Richards unless you have an improvement that IS going to sign with you. You can't buy him out, and hope you land someone. Otherwise, there is a big void to be filled.

With the kind of contracts you saw signed recently (e.g. Clarkson), albeit under different conditions, Richards is currently a fair contract. Will his contract be good when he is 38, 39? No. But you can't buy out a player if he has another three or four good years left in him, and honestly, I think he will be a routine 60 point getter for us in the foreseeable future. His resume he proves it thus far.

People on here aren't looking at it objectively. It's just "Brad RICHARDS? GARBAGE. Buy that bum out!"

That BUM is a big reason we've been in the playoffs the last couple of seasons.

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