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01-28-2014, 05:16 AM
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Originally Posted by mike14 View Post
The reason is that if he can't complete the contract the cap recapture is horrible. It has to be a now-or-never buyout with him.

I doubt anyone we can grab in free agency will be much better in the next season or two, but what about after that? It's all well and good to say that he has a better PPG than Stastny over the last 5 seasons, but that's skewed by his PPG seasons in Dallas, the fact is that his numbers are trending downwards while Stastny seem pretty stable.

I'm a BR fan, I'm glad we signed him and liked the contract (the caphit, not the $$). It's sad that the new CBA has basically meant he can't finish his career in NY but to ensure we can be competitive in the mid to long term he needs to go

I think Richards will be bought out, not because of production, but because even with a rising cap (71.1-71.5) we'll have too many spots on the roster that needs to be filled with UFA/RFA-players. If Sather manages with resigning both Stralman and Girardi we don't have much room left.

If kept, Zuccarello would get 2.5-3.5M, Kreider at least 2.0M, Callahan would be looking at north of 5.25M, Girardi 5.75M+.

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Chris Kreider ($2.000m) / Derek Stepan ($3.075m) / Rick Nash ($7.800m)
Carl Hagelin ($2.250m) / Brad Richards ($6.667m) / Mats Zuccarello ($2.950m)
Derick Brassard ($3.700m) /
J.T. Miller ($0.894m) / Dominic Moore ($1.000m) / Derek Dorsett ($1.633m)
Ryan McDonagh ($4.700m) / Dan Girardi ($5.500m)
Marc Staal ($3.975m) / Kevin Klein ($2.900m)
John Moore ($1.000m) / Dylan McIlrath ($0.703m)
Henrik Lundqvist ($8.500m)
Cameron Talbot ($0.563m)
Wade Redden ($0.000m)
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