Richards is 20 goal scorer who will likely begin to go into rapid decline...
Some team is going to overpay and be sorry down the pike.
Don't be so quick to write a player off. PPG in playoff, and close in reg season. If he can make Gomez type money and we get rid of Gomez, we can't lose. Even if he gets 5-6 years, he's a year younger then Gomez and think his talents would work well in our system.
Although I would prefer Jagr to Richards if I had to chose, since a short term contract is more interesting, but I really just want this team to win.