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Brad Richards- Buyout Or Not

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Richards, who struggled through the worst season of his career in the absence of training camp and a defined offseason during which he was involved in CBA negotiations, has seven years with an annual cap charge of $6.67 million remaining on his contract.

There is a sense that the Rangers would prefer not to exercise the buyout but want to retain the option in case a player becomes unexpectedly available to them leading up to July 4 and the club would thus need to free up Richards’ cap space in order to add him.

The club could defer the buyout until next summer's final amnesty period but a 2013-14 injury could complicate matters by rendering Richards ineligible for a buy-out This would thus leave the Rangers vulnerable to substantial cap-recapture penalties should the 33-year-old center opt to retire at any point before the end of the contract that runs through 2019-20.

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Considering the work he’s done with the Sedin Twins and centers in VAN, Rangers ought to give Vigneault a chance to work with Richards.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/27/13 at 11:58 AM ET

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I agree… he needs another chance with a real coach.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 06/27/13 at 11:59 AM ET

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Agreed with botha y’all.

Posted by Garth on 06/27/13 at 12:06 PM ET

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Is there anyone out there in the BR brigade who believes ( in this cap dominated era) that it makes economic or hockey sense to risk the potential of being strapped and limited for the next 7 years with either full salary or recapture.

This is not the CBA OF2004, it’s a new CBA which does not allow a team to bury a player in the minors in order to escape his cap hit.
Richards is 33 years old ...he’s had his share of injury problems,,,including a concussion, not so long ago.

Is there anyone out there who truly wants to be on the hook and have your hands tied…what are you guys drinking or smoking…Larry Brooks (who is my favorite writer) included.
It doesn’t matter if BR has a god/great year…for the same money you can get 2 or 3 very good players who can pick up the slack for a shorter contract and a lot cheaper. WAKE UP RANGER FANS, HE’S GOT TO GO BY 7/4/13

Posted by howiehockey on 06/27/13 at 02:23 PM ET

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