The term is too long, yes. But the hit is reasonable. If this move allows us to become legitimate Cup contenders over the next three or four years, it will prove to be well worth it. After that? Well, if he falls to pieces, we'll again have to extricate ourselves from a tough situation. But that would be worth it if indeed we're contenders for a few years.
WOW. That is an awesome deal for both sides! For a player like Richards, that is a very cap friendly deal. Glen Sather really nailed this one. I can not wait to see Richards in broadway blue. No more excuses, we finally have an elite centerman.
I really can't get over how shocked I am that Sather didn't give this guy 10 million dollars a year or something stupid like that. This is great! I never thought he'd sign for anything under 7 so hearing that the Rangers were the 3rd highest bidder, I'm a bit surprised. Pleasantly surprised. This is a great deal! First bona fide #1 center this team has had in about 15 years.
He is 31...this is his retirement deal...do I need to show you the last 20 free agents we signed....
how much drive will he have when he is 35 and has 80 million in the bank...
Your just making assumptions. Just because he signed with the Rangers doesn't automatically make him a failure and not have any drive.
So if he accepted the Kings offer for more money, would you be saying the same thing with them? They have a decent track record of signing UFA's. What about Detriot?
The guy took less so the team can keep it's young core and possibly add more pieces to the puzzle. That shows drive in the sense that he wants to win. Not being selfish by taking the biggest deal. If he was looking just for a retirement contract, he would have signed with the highest bidder.
Marian Gaborik ($7.500m) / Michael Rupp ($1.500m) / Sean Avery ($1.937m)
Brandon Dubinsky ($4.250m) / Derek Stepan ($0.875m) / Ruslan Fedotenko ($1.400m)
David Booth ($4.250m) / Brad Richards ($6.500m) / Brandon Prust ($0.800m)
Vinny Prospal ($1.400m) / Artem Anisimov ($1.900m) / Ryan Callahan ($4.250m)
Marc Staal ($3.975m) / Daniel Girardi ($3.325m)
Ryan McDonagh ($1.300m) / Michael Del Zotto ($1.087m)
Tim Erixon ($1.750m) / Michael Sauer ($1.400m)
/ Steve Eminger ($1.000m)
Henrik Lundqvist ($6.875m) / Martin Biron ($0.875m)
BUYOUTS: Chris Drury ($3.716m)
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $61,866,667; BONUSES: $1,487,500
CAP SPACE (21-man roster): $2,433,333