Congrats. Sabres would have loved to have him at that amazing cap hit. For all the bickering between our fanbases, you guys were right, and to the winner goes the spoils. Richards only had eyes for one, and our organization realized that. Again, congrats. Enjoy your shiny new toy.
$6.67MM? I'm guessing the original offer was the one first reported and the extra $1.5MM (which pushes it from a $6.5MM to $6.67MM AAV) was the little extra good faith push to get the deal done.
Still can't complain about the cap hit. Given the path that this team has chosen to take since they hired Torts, they are actually executing very well overall. Disciplined, consistent, focused. Not thrilled with some of the moves along the way (drafting McI last year, signing Boogie [RIP] and trading Grachev), but can't argue that they're adhering to their plan.
Very good signing, as long as the terms aren't a killer, which I doubt that they are(fingers crossed) now this team can move in the right direction and the kids aren't under the gun to perform and can progress under the right expectations.
Welcome to the concrete jungle Richards.