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01-24-2014, 08:06 AM
Join Date: Jan 2008
Originally Posted by
Glen Sathers Cigar
It's in the cards because of the recapture penalty. If he retires with time left on his contract the caphit penalty is bigger than it would be under the old CBA.
However, with the cap expected to go up and Richards having a bounce back year it may not be as black and white as some here expect.
Richards has played very well this year, better than most want to give him credit for. And I think he is a very important figure in the room. I honestly think if the front office thinks they can get 3 more 60+ pt years out of Richards they will chance the penalty down the road.
I tend to agree. There are really no replacements at either the AHL level or the FA market and his production is not out of wack when considering the sad state of affairs with our offensive skill sets in place on the first two lines. This team is comprised of one goal scorer and one goaltender with a bunch of 2nd and 3rd liners mixed in.
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