Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 7/12/13
I. Compliance Buyout (To Buy out or Not to Buy out) Easily the first decision made has to be whether to buy out Richards or not.  Currently there is $14 mil in cap space with, in my case, 5 necessary players that need to be signed; Stepan, Hagelin, Zuccarello, McDonagh and Clowe as well as options for additional depth.  Richards is not fast, nor overly physical, but he can distribute the puck which sounds a lot like Henrik Sedin.  If Torterella wasn’t fired this would be an easy decision and Richards would have a house on the market, but AV is the coach for him to bring Richards back to form.  Richards still has nine 60 point seasons since entering the league in 2000-2001 and when he didn’t it was due to injury or a lockout and last year was still third on the team in points.  However, depending on the cap next year and his 2013-2014 I would have no hesitation in pulling the plug because his cap hit gets scarier as he approaches 40. Side Note: I acknowledge the injury concerns with him,
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