Ok I didnt think I needed to lay it out in full detail. Heres the scenario.
Lethonen gets hurt and Dallas therefore sucks.
Dallas does not have a new owner at the trade deadline.
Dallas is out of the playoff race at the trade deadline.
Dallas is forced to trade Richards rather than risking losing him for nothing.
In the event that Lethonen remains healthy, I think Dallas is in the playoff hunt at the deadline, and holds is willing to risk losing Richards for nothing to make a strong playoff run. I'm very skeptical about Richards willingness to sit through another losing season when many good teams would love ot have him.
okay.. that makes more sense to me, i read 'loss' as in 'lost to injury'.. but i still think (maybe optimistically) that we shouldn't assume that the 2010 version of raycroft will sink us horribly. this is all hypothetical, and not much that anyone could control either, so it seems silly, if not moot to fret over it. guess we'll know better if raycroft ever gets a start lol
I got up from my death bed to tell you guys good luck. Nashville was fun to watch vs the Pens, but its probably cause they only have to deal with them once a year. Just hope the Stars stay focused as the Preds are still one of the least penalized teams in the league and they should be looking for pts as they've lost their last 3ish in OT.