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06-17-2014, 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Trxjw View Post
Not that I'm advocating for it, but the Rangers could possibly feel that they'd rather cross that bridge when the time comes than buy him out now. If Richards plays 3 more seasons, who knows what the cap will be at that point? $80M? More? Plus, who knows what the team will look like? If the Rangers say, "We can manage a $XX cap penalty for 2 or 3 years at that point" then they could certainly trade him.

Also, I believe the team that trades for him can also incur a bit of a penalty if he retires early.
my first thoughts were he wasn't getting bought out. My thought process was MSL was brought here in part to salvage the Richards investment, and MSL is here until at least next season. That was the hockey person in me. The business person says that it's really tough to keep this contract and it'll be tough mortgaging the future and burdening them with dead cap space. No news likely means they're going through the financial aspects of the team now, the future, who's out there, etc. We will know within 14 days...

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