Buying out Richards might even be an option if they get a new owner who has money.
What's the benefit? It'd still be a large cap hit for a player who isn't even on the roster and no assets in return for a core member of the club. I think the Lightning should consider moving Richards contract if the right deal comes along, but buying him out shouldn't be considered.
More importantly...if they called him a wing we could bench Karlsson for the 13th time this season.
And then Karlsson can magically come back into the lineup because someone somewhere sees something in the guy that no one else does.
I just can't believe how in shape he was for training camp... you'd think perhaps he gets the physical part in order, maybe he got a little finesse or something to his game.... maybe worked on his hands...