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by Paul on 10/19/10 at 10:08 AM ET
Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News answers some emails…
“Why don’t the Stars just offer Brad Richards an extension for the same amount that the Sharks just gave to Joe Thorton (three years at $7 million a year)? It wouldn’t increase their overall payroll from this year and besides, what are they going to do with the cap space if he leaves?”
HEIKA: ...my guess is that Richards would not take that.
Thornton suggested getting the extension done and said he wants to stay in San Jose for the rest of his life. As such, he didn’t mind giving up the possibility of free agency and also lowering his salary from $7.2 million a year.
Richards (who makes $7.8 million this year) could be the biggest fish in free agency in the summer and also could get the chance to choose where he plays. Why would he give that up when we don’t even know if this team will have a new owner or what that new owner will want to do?
more Q & A regarding the Stars…
If you were in his shoes, would you sign for three years, $21 million? I can assure you that your agent would not recommend it.
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