Thread: Player Discussion: Brad Richards
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01-26-2014, 09:44 PM
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Good game from Richie. 5 SOG, and two important energy shifts to respond to goals.
i agree...

I tend to not agree with those that want him bought out. With the cap going up, and no viable replacement available via free agency nor the farm team, I see no viable replacement for him.

It's not Stepan just yet, and Brassard will never be more than a 3C...

Here's the list of top 5 Centerman (according to cap hit, which should be an indication of their play) available this upcoming free agency:

Stastny, Paul C COL 28 $6,600,000 2014 (UFA)
Jokinen, Olli C WPG 35 $4,500,000 2014 (UFA)
Legwand, David C NAS 33 $4,500,000 2014 (UFA)
Roy, Derek C STL 30 $4,000,000 2014 (UFA)
Koivu, Saku C ANA 39 $3,500,000 2014 (UFA)


Statsny and Roy is the only one under 30, and I can bet Statsny will be resigned... which basically leaves Derek Roy...

Last 8 seasons:
Richards has average 60 points over the last 8 seasons
Roy has 56.5 over the last 8 seasons...

Lets stretch this out to the top 10 available. That makes the list:

Stastny, Paul C COL 28 $6,600,000 2014 (UFA)
Jokinen, Olli C WPG 35 $4,500,000 2014 (UFA)
Legwand, David C NAS 33 $4,500,000 2014 (UFA)
Roy, Derek C STL 30 $4,000,000 2014 (UFA)
Koivu, Saku C ANA 39 $3,500,000 2014 (UFA)
Bolland, Dave C TOR 27 $3,375,000 2014 (UFA)
Grabovski, Mikhail C WAS 29 $3,000,000 2014 (UFA)
Ott, Steve C BUF 31 $2,950,000 2014 (UFA)
Fiddler, Vernon C DAL 33 $1,800,000 2014 (UFA)
Goc, Marcel C FLA 30 $1,700,000 2014 (UFA)

That simply adds Ott, Bolland, and Grabovski to the list

I see no reason to buy out Richards at this point in time

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