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01-30-2014, 08:09 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Danbury, CT
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agreed this sucks that the centers going to free agency aren't "top notch" yeah some are good but i dont know if they are an improvement over richards... the only way we are getting another good center to complement stepan on the first line is to trade for one (overpay for one really) so pick your poison....
based strictly on offensive production, Stastny and Richards (the now Richards, not the Richards from Dallas) the players are even.
Based on skating, Stastny has a major edge.
Based on defensive awareness and ability, Stastny has a major edge.
Based on ability to win a face off thus leading to a more controlled puck possession kind of game, Stastny again has a major edge.
Richards at 6.66 this year takes up 10.4% of the teams overall cap number.
Assuming we sign Stastny to a 6 year deal (same remaining term as Richards) at 7.5 per, that equates to 10.6% of the teams overall Cap number starting in 2014-15
So, we get the same player offensively, but a better player to fit AV's system at the same cap hit percentage wise AND he's 6 years younger.
The odds of a 28 year old Stastny maintaining a 55-60 point pace over the next 4-5 seasons is much greater than the odds are of a 34 year old Brad Richards maintaining that same pace.
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