I would go ahead with the trade because Horton would give you some serious depth to your roster, and he is an upcoming star. Also, considering Richards may not have another season like he did a couple of years ago, he may get traded to another team. Take the deal.
Just to let you know how this all ended : we finally came to an agreement last night (well, at 1h45 in the morning...) :
I gave :
Brad Richards, Daymond Langkow, Mike Modano, 10th overall pick
I received :
Nathan Horton, Brian Rolston, Cam Ward, 8th overall pick
I'm really happy with the trade. I'm a Richards fan, but was afraid that another so-so season would hurt his trade value to a dangerous level (even more since goals give 2 points here). I really feel Nathan will be a stud pretty soon and you convinced me. Hell, Richards in our system gave me 95 points last year, while Horton got 93 !!!
Langkow might do slightly better than Rolston, but Ward easily beats Modano, and to move this first round pick two ranks higher could really mean a lot since its a first-rounder.
All is now said and done : need to get some rest, cause those negociations were exhausting : vacation time !!!
Thanks for your comments, guys, I really appreciate it.
I think this was a good move - I think Horton will exceed Richards over his career, and will break out sometime soon. Might not be this year, but within three years he will be one of the NHL's top forwards. Not a matter of if, but of when.
Well, barring injury anyway
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