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Yes! He kills two birds with one stone. #1 center and PPQB. Plus he is an elite playmaker. 143 61.37%
No! He is 31 and injury prone and our FA history has not been very good. 28 12.02%
Not sure...maybe if it's for a 3-5 year deal but nothing more. 62 26.61%
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04-24-2011, 07:17 PM
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Do you want Brad Richards?

I know theres an off-season thread but wanted to get a breakdown of who wants him and who doesn't.

I know it's not a definite we land him but he is clearly a FA that Sather will target.

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yes but not at the price/term he will demand

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Yes.

You can't just avoid UFA altogether because Sather made some ill-advised signings. You need to add from UFA to win cups. Detroit did it. Pittsburgh did it. Chicago did it.

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6 yrs/6.5M per

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Hopefully for 5 years, 6.5 per.

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Everything comes down to term. If we can bring him in on a contract that doesn't take him past 36 than I'm cool with it. If he wants to be set up until the age of 40 than no way.

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Who's going to be the ******* to pull this up 4 years through the contract when he isn't dominating and there are 2 years left on the contract

I voted yes.

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The team simply needs more top end talent, gotta try for him

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I went with the third option. Yes I would love him, but no I don't want to be paying him the big bucks when he's 36.

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I may be the only one who feels this way, but no. Stay the course. Develop your players. Manage your cap. Eventually you have the organizational depth to make a big time trade with a guy who really fits, not just the guy who's free. We can't have this many big ticket guys at one time. I'd love to see us follow a model where nobody gets paid more than Lundqvist. I think we have to lose Drury and Redden for good before we bring in another 7m$ player.

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I may be the only one who feels this way, but no. Stay the course. Develop your players. Manage your cap. Eventually you have the organizational depth to make a big time trade with a guy who really fits, not just the guy who's free. We can't have this many big ticket guys at one time. I'd love to see us follow a model where nobody gets paid more than Lundqvist. I think we have to lose Drury and Redden for good before we bring in another 7m$ player.
I'm not sure what the cap situation is like but I think if we sign Richards we'd have to get rid of Drury for good anyway.

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Richards should be our priority as a UFA--however I'd rather keep it in the 4 year range--$6.5 mil per. Thinking the Rangers and Richards to get it done are going to be in the 5-6 year range and maybe as high as $8 mil per. Much as well depends on the cap going up and the cap space we create--Drury, etc. I'd say yes--but have some reservations about the terms of the contract.

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Everything comes down to term. If we can bring him in on a contract that doesn't take him past 36 than I'm cool with it. If he wants to be set up until the age of 40 than no way.
I agree, would love to have him, but not for as many years as it will take. Burke is going to go hard after him and give him long term, I don't wanna get into any kind of bidding war for him. Anything more than 3 years is very risky, and 3 years is just not realistic.

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I agree, would love to have him, but not for as many years as it will take. Burke is going to go hard after him and give him long term, I don't wanna get into any kind of bidding war for him. Anything more than 3 years is very risky, and 3 years is just not realistic.
I agree with this completely. I would sign him for 3 years or less and probably get a woody from it but it's going to take more than that. 5 years, I'm pretty much in the middle. Anything longer, I can't support (unless it's for less than 6 per [it won't be]).

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You may need to add UFAs to win Cups, but the Rangers are nowhere near winning a cup, so signing Richards to a long-term, high salaried deal is ludicrous at this time. I honestly don't see him taking a cut of almost $2M a year unless its to go to a team that is close to winning the Cup.

As for his "PP QB" prowess, I've said it in other threads: what good is a PP QB if you don't have a powerplay to start with? How long do you continue to change the PP personnel before you someone wakes up and realizes it's the PP itself that's the problem?

If Burke is that gungho on overpaying him, let him have him.

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lmao.

people here are going to be pissed if/when we sign Richards. I can almost guarantee he won't sign for less than 5 yrs. and you all know how sather is in UFA.

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I don't know. Some of you have made compelling arguments over the past few months in favor of signing him, but I just don't know.

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I can almost guarantee he won't sign for less than 5 yrs. and you all know how sather is in UFA.
I agree. I think there's going to be at least a couple of other GM's that will be willing to give him a long term deal. That's why part of me hopes we just avoid him completely. I don't think we get him unless we give him more years than we should.

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Yes! Go get em slats!.... I'm shocked we haven't had a poll on this topic already

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I think the bigger question is will Richards and Gaborik mesh?

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I think the bigger question is will Richards and Gaborik mesh?
Lets hope so.

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We will have a legit stanley cup contender on our hands if we land brad, plain and simple.

Kreider-Richards-Gaborik
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Wolski-Stepan-Hagelin/Prospal if hagelin isn't ready
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With this lineup Gaborik once again becomes a 35-45 goal scorer imho. I put Kreider on that first line because he can fly and keep up with those guys and get in on the forecheck and control the puck and battle with his big body to open up ice for richards and gabby. Very excited to see if we land b rich.

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Where is this "Richards is Injury Prone" Garbage coming from?

Broken wrist from a check Voracek in February 2009.

Broke the other hand a month later.

Arthroscopic hip surgery in April of last year for a small labrum tear.

Concussion this year.

HOW IS ANY OF THAT INJURY PRONE?

He's played in 80 or more games in each season from 2000 to 2008. 5 of those of which were the complete 82 games. He played 80 games and 72 games respectively in the last 2 years.

In 2008-2009 when he suffered the broken wrists. That's the very definition of FREAK INJURY. He's human just like the rest of us. It's extremely easy to break a wrist.

He's a year removed from a very minor hip surgery. Yes, labrums can take a while to heal, but you can play through it. A-Rod and Chase Utley did.

And a Concussion. So ****ing what? The way some people react here, if he had the most minor of concussions he'd be a huge risk and an injury prone player... It's just one concussion. ONE.

Brad Richards is durable as ****. End of story.

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