If you think Penner, Moreau, Gagne, and Hunter have improved the team then we'll just agree to disagree. Richards has improved the team but he is wasting his talent with the garbage he is surrounded by.
I hope you're not saying that we're not a better team than we were last year.
If Schenn becomes the next Richards and Simmonds anchors the 3rd line then they deserve to be paid what they are worth. And the Flyers will be a better team than they would have been with Richards. In fact, Philly seems to be doing just fine without the drama Richards seemed to create there.
Right now, the Kings are paying Richards more than Philly is paying Schenn/Simmonds. is that a problem for the Kings?
My point is the number 1 limiting factor in terms of success in the NHL is salary cap, 2nd is talent.
1. richards is more talented than simmonds and schenn, 2. He is right now on par with their salaries yet he is locked up for a lot longer and simmonds and schenn's deals will both escalate.
meaning in the two limiting factors to winning richards is more valuable than both simmonds and schenn. Which is high way robbery for your team.
I'm a big supporter of Dean Lombardi's, but man, he did absolutely nothing in regard to our bottom six forwards. It's almost like he didn't really give rats ass, as long as he got Richards. Ponikarovsky-Handzus-Simmonds looks like the ******* Triple Crown Line in comparison to Moreau-Stoll-Hunter. Our best bottom sixer is a guy we didn't even want for ****s sake. Obviously hindsight is 20/20, but I always felt they should've kept Handzus. He just had a very calming effect on the shut down unit and could be depended on in real critical situations. Instead, we had throw out Ethan Moreau this season and watch him take a late penalties in one-goal games.