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06-26-2014, 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by haohmaru View Post
Was that Richards' point? I don't think it was. I think he wants to earn another contract and prove that he can still play. I don't think he wants to "prove the Rangers made a mistake" - he knows exactly how bad of a business decision it would've been for the NYR to keep him.

The cap recapture in the final 3 years of his contract are absolutely brutal and Richards knows it.
I'd imagine he understands the business decision being made, but would assume he'd want to prove the Rangers wrong by playing at a high caliber of hockey for the next several years to the point at which the cap recapture wouldn't come into play, as opposed to proving them right and pretty much fizzle out and not playing hockey in 2-3 years. Most don't think it's realistic and thus agree with the decision, but I'd guess he still wants to play as long as he can and he wants to play well.

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