Thread: Brad Richards
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03-20-2014, 08:57 AM
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Frankly, I am surprised that there is any consideration to keep him past this year. I thought the buyout this summer was a foregone conclusion because Richards play, while better than last year, clearly shows he is declining and expect his production to continue to decline. Offensively, he is unable to make plays under pressure. He can't cycle or drive the net. If he has time, he either shoots it or passes it to the open man. There is no creativity. Defensively, he is terrible. He just loops around and never picks up a man and cannot body anyone.

I would like to sign Stastny and I expect since he is younger we could get at least 3-4 good years out of him but, that was the expectation out of Richards. At this point though, he needs to be gone because in 2 years I expect him to be a total liability offensively and defensively. Irregardless of signing Stastny or not, Richards must be gone. St Louis arrival did not spark him. He has played with Gaborik and Nash and never averaged a ppg

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