Oh goodie. We get to watch another year of him getting spoonfed premium icetime he doesn't deserve while constantly making costly turnovers and getting beaten to and knocked off pucks. Plus, we have the added bonus that he probably keeps Lindberg from getting a legit shot out of camp this year.
With cap going up after this season things should be fine anyhow. Plus, who knows, maybe he's getting traded, maybe some team can take the cap and years. If we can speculate injury, i'll speculate trade just to throw a hat into the ring.
Why am I not surprised? This is like Sather is sticking it to everyone who said the team had to/should buy Richards out. Unless there is something going on no one knows about, this is not the thing to do. Sather is probably snickering at everyone now, saying "go bleep yourselves".
Brad Richards looked more or less exactly the same last year as he has in all the years prior.
Did he ever skate like pavel bure?
did he ever have a shot like Al Macinnis?
B.R. always was a cerebral player. He's a damn good player when hes on. he had a horrendous start to the year which probably WAS a result of being out of shape and everything spiraled out of control.
most ppl believe BR will go back to being a 70+ point player. if he does, hes worth every bit of his contract. if he doesnt, then you can buy him out after the season is over. If he is injured, well, thats the gamble you take.
has it ever occured to anyone that they are also using this to try to get Vinny L to come over for a few years on the cheap?
Check out this video.
Compare the player in this video, with the player we had last year. Its night and day.
CLEAR AS DAY.
Brad Richards is on the decline, and his legs were complete mush last season. That, and his mental weakness that caused him to make so many costly, dumb mistakes. I don't understand why more people don't see how bad he really was.
Sather can talk all he wants about puck possession and the like, he either was lying or has mistaken Richards as a player who will help in that capacity. Puck possession teams have players who can skate with the puck, players who can break up ice and into the zone. Players who can win a board battle.
The only puck possession ability Richards had was making good reads when he had the puck, that ended last season, so unless that comes back he has no puck possession abilities.
Of course, but it would suck in the long term if we're carrying a bunch of dead cap space and we have trouble re-signing players we want, no?
I wouldn't care if the entire team walked the next day after we won a Cup.
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