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Buy-Out Rick Nash And/Or Brad Richards?

Katie Strang of ESPN answered some online questions today...

Katie how can the Rangers buy out Rick Nash if he has a concussion. Are you aware compliance buyouts cannot be used on injured players? With that in mind what are the odds Richards gets bought out?

Katie Strang  That's true. You cannot buy out an injured player. However, even if Nash returns after missing a significant chunk of time, I think this still needs to be a conversation. That said, so will Richards. It has less to do with actual performance -- he has played really well this season -- but the cap recapture penalties that could be exorbitant should he retire early.

I've watched a lot of Edmonton Oiler games this year, and while the goalie play hasn't been stellar, their problem is not in goal. Their play in their own end is horrendous. Might the problem be that all that offensive talent they've drafted don't know how to play a two way game? If so, are they going to be bottom feeders for a while yet?

Katie Strang  I think you are on to something here. I asked John Tavares recently what he noticed about the Oilers and he said that they are loaded with talent, speed and skill, but if you can get them to play without the puck you can wear them down. I like Dallas Eakins a lot, but you can't orchestrate a complete culture change in a mere matter of weeks. Team needs more structure, hard edges.

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Primis's avatar

Why on EARTH would Nash and Richards get bought out instead of traded?

Posted by Primis on 10/30/13 at 06:44 PM ET

Savage Henry's avatar

Prediction: any player with an above-average contract will be the subject of buyout speculation during the life of that contract.

Posted by Savage Henry on 10/30/13 at 08:03 PM ET

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Didn’t the Rangers already use one of their two buyouts on Redden ? Can’t buy both of them out.

Posted by mc keeper on 10/30/13 at 09:50 PM ET

Hank1974's avatar

Good point Primis.
There are a lot of teams that would be lining up for Nash.
I personally think he’d look quite nice in red and white. wink

Posted by Hank1974 on 10/31/13 at 07:21 AM ET

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