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02-02-2014, 09:07 AM
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Leetch3
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a stastny signing would be a virtual clone of the richards signing in that you are paying top $$ for a guy that really isn't an elite center...he'd just be a younger version of richards without the fear of the cap recapture penalty.

he's not the perfect guy but if you are of the opinion that we MUST buyout richards because the cap recapture penalty is too big a risk then you'd be hard pressed to find a better replacement for him than stastny for just $$. most of the better centers aren't available or would cost too much in a trade...

their stats this year:

Stastny--18:21/game, 16-23-39 +5, 54.3% on faceoffs, 39 hits, 3-8-11 on pp (2:20/game), 0-1-1 SH (0:38/game), 2GWG 0-0 in shootouts
Richards--19:03/game, 14-25-39 -5, 50.5% on faceoffs, 19 hits, 3-11-14 on pp (3:51/game), 0-0-0 sh (0:56/game), 2GWG, 1-1 in shootout

virtually identical with stastny being better on faceoffs...

i'm not a huge fan of giving him $7 mil...but if you are going to amnesty buyout richards i'd have a hard time arguing giving that cap space to stastny as a replacement.

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