Gotta love Hockeycentral. Parise wants out, Bogosian wants out and Edmonton in the running for a pending 30 year old UFA who would cost an arm and a leg who probably wouldnt sign here or waive to come here in the first place.
If true it would be a way to let Richards know that we are interested in him come July 1st. Still probably wouldn't work, but the guy may appreciate that there is a place that wants him and is willing to pay him.
Don't see how this fits Lowe's 4 to 6 years as Richards will be 35 in 4 years 3 months.
Some how, I don't think that will be a problem for Richards. My guess is there will be a line-up of GM's telling Richards they are willing to pay.
Everybody said the same thing when Pronger went there, lets face it, the team has a rich history, great fanbase, and a wagon full of top prospects that are going to make them contenders within a few (couple??) seasons.
Richards could be that guy that pulls it together for them.
How could Dallas say no to quite possibly the first overall pick, conditional upon him resigning with them? (Not saying this is whats in play.....)
The Oil have enough rookies in the cupboard, time to bring in some established star power to make it all happen.
Strange things have happened this season, and in the past. Who saw Pronger sign and trade to Edmonton. Richards might see the skill on the wing there already, and like the idea.
But I'm not for it from an Edmonton prospective. 1. Dallas fans will be asking for Hall/ Eberle/Paajarvi. 2. I hope the Oilers dont try to follow the Rangers/Leafs by trying to buy a good team rather than develop it.
If he agreed to an extension pre-trade, then there would be sense to it for Edmonton.
That said, I can't see how they'd accomplish that without Eberle/MPS going the other way, plus other assets, and I don't get how that makes any sense for what Edmonton is doing.
No, it really makes no sense for Edmonton, regardless of extention.
A nearly-31 year old Richards would be past his prime before Edmonton is ready to contend.
Horcoff's albatross of a contract would also present a major roadblock once the kids' ELCs are up, and there's no way Dallas, or any other team in the league for that matter, takes on that monstrosity.