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02-26-2012, 03:52 PM
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He hasn't produced points consistently like he probably should be, but I don't think that it's coincidence that the team improved so greatly once he came aboard.

I think there was some natural progression we could expect out of players, but Richards has also helped push them to the top of the conference, and I believe he's had a positive impact on a lot of the other younger players who are having good years
Torts commented that he really helped Stepan and Anisimov on faceoffs, which is a huge benefit for the team even if they're both still below 50%.

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Despite the lack of consistent production I think he's absolutely worth it. There's just something about him being here that seems to really influence the team in a positive way. I think he'll find his scoring consistency again as time goes on...it's not as if he's deteriorating physically.

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Lets reexamine this...

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He hasn't cost us any better players so far, so yes he's been worth it so far.

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He hasn't cost us any better players so far, so yes he's been worth it so far.
Huh?

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He hasn't cost us any better players so far, so yes he's been worth it so far.

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He hasn't cost us any better players so far, so yes he's been worth it so far.
We overpaid for the performance he gave us. Just because he's a FA, doesn't mean it's not a loss. We could have spend several millions on other players and actually get 2 or more roster players for the 7 million we pay for our 4th line C now

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Don't pay attention to Kel, everyone knows he's John Tortorella trying to be someone else.

I'd say he's been worth it just because we didn't trade anyone to get his fragile self over here. Dolan pays him, he's gone, no more Richards stinking up the ice at MSG. I still feel like he has quite a bit of skill left in him, he just hasn't gotten comfortable here, and our offensive system doesn't seem to help him at all. So he will maybe look better on another team, just not here. Thanks for the contributions Brad, and your 66 points last year, and congrats on your 1st NHL hat trick against Buffalo, but don't let the door hit you on your way out.

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05-21-2013, 03:03 PM
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Yea, we can buy him out and he gave us a good run in the playoffs last year.

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Yea, we can buy him out and he gave us a good run in the playoffs last year.
What if we couldn't buy him out? Would you feel the same way?

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05-21-2013, 03:10 PM
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We overpaid for the performance he gave us. Just because he's a FA, doesn't mean it's not a loss. We could have spend several millions on other players and actually get 2 or more roster players for the 7 million we pay for our 4th line C now
So many of you guys act like you get bonus points for good value signings and stuff like that. You don't. Fact is that that money couldn't really have been better spent, so far.

Let me try to break it down for you another way. Based on play last year he earned the contract, I think we should all agree with that. This year based on play he didn't earn that contract. But that's a weird way to analyze whether or not the deal was good for us fans. I'm not personally offended that he's overpaid, I just want the Rangers to be as good as they can be. So instead I'm going to analyze it based on what it's done for me. And so far the contract brought in a top line center last year who was incredibly clutch for us and this year a guy who still was third on the team reg season in pts. So he's still provided some benefit this year.

The question becomes, if we didn't have Richards on that contract would it have been better or worse these past two years? I think clearly last year would have been worse. And I'd argue this year would have been worse too. What FA did you want to replace him? I don't see anyone out there that would have been a better option that realistically we could have and would have went after. So, yeah Richards has been worth it all so far.

That being said, I expect him to be bought out after this season. And even then still the deal would have been worth it. It'll be an amnesty buyout.

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05-21-2013, 03:18 PM
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We don't need two threads on Richards. Let alone one that's a year old.

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