Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Say no to Brad Richards...


Unless it's a package deal for Sheldon Souray and Dwayne Roloson, of course.

The buzz from the GM meeting in Naples today is that Jay Feaster is hard-selling Lightning Centre Brad Richards and his hefty $7.8 million contract that expires in 2011. What's that? He has a no-trade clause? Apparently the rather literal-sounding no-trade clause means nothing these days, or at least it seems that way in Toronto where all of the trade talk revolves around players who can't be moved without permission first (inexplicably, people keep floating possible returns for Kaberle despite his agent's near-hourly announcements that he doesn't want to be moved anywhere, as well as the fact that he's one of the few decent players the Leafs should keep) .

Anyway, Richards: a great player, but one that the Oilers can't afford. He's good for 70-80 points, but his Dejardins +/- numbers aren't so hot and whatever intangibles he brings (leadership, presence) are thrown out the window when you consider his mammoth salary. If Lowe is looking for scoring punch, he should do himself a favour and pick up Mike Cammalleri, Brian Rolston or hell, Richard's linemate Vaclav Prospal and save about half of the dough.

I realize that this may sound obvious, but I wanted to get a word in before Kevin Lowe does something rash at trade deadline again. Last year I went out for sushi thinking Smyth had re-signed for $5.25 million and that all was right with the world, only to come back and discover that he was traded for some magic beans from Long Island.

15 comments:

marriedtotheoil said...

Plus I hear he's a gateway player to the harder contracts.

mike w said...

Heh.

Actually, in contract terms he's pretty much tar heroin.

Scarlett said...

I remember when they signed him to the monster contract and thinking, umm you're gonna regret that and soon. Duh, they sure are! So yes Lowe, just say no!!!!

Anonymous said...

Dont worry. I am sensing Vancouver gettin shackled into Richards... They have the great goalie prospect and the young defencemen that the Lightning so badly need.

Rex Waverly said...

Hossa's probably going to get at least 7 million.... Drury, Gomez, Briere all are getting 7 million plus.....

I'd be interested to see a list of the guys making that money, and see where their stats lie; I'm sure he's not at the front of the pack, but is he really that far behind?

The cap space obviously makes this damn near impossible without throwing in Roloson or Souray (who they'll never take) so it's probably a moot point anyway...

Simon said...

Magic beans. Yep. Sorry Grebs.

mike w said...

so it's probably a moot point anyway...

I only bring it up because Edmonton keeps getting mentioned as a suitor for Ricahrds.

Marchantfan said...

Grebeshkov was a separate deal with the Islanders for MA Bergeron. He ain't one of the beans.

TSN Insider Bob McKenzie said...

The Tampa Bay Lightning are looking to move centerman Brad Richards. He comes at a hefty price tag, which is guaranteed up til 2011. To make the trade, Tampa would have to find a suitor that can accommodate his salary, plus offer up the prospects and goaltending help the Lightning are looking for.

For TSN, I'm Insider Bob McKenzie

TSN Insider Bob McKenzie said...

One things for certain, if Brad Richards finds himself traded, he could find himself playing somewhere other than Tampa Bay.

For TSN, I'm Insider Bob MacKenzie

Andy Grabia said...

In the Urinal today, Hall of Famer say the Oilers are interested in Hossa. I don't think we should be going after either, put if it came right down to it, I'd take Richards over Hossa.

Other favorite line from today: Kevin Prendergast.

""We don't see a whole lot of holes"

Kebby said...

"We don't see a whole lot of holes"

That and "we [insert *situation here] get our legs under us" are on the cover-page of The Oilers Manifesto this season.

*situations = need to, did, didn't, have to, must

amw said...

Patrick Thoresen was placed on waiviers today... freeing up a contract spot (they are at the league max) for a multi-player trade? I hope not, because that would suggest a quality player leaving and two slugs coming back...

Anonymous said...

Prediction is that Thoreson gets picked up by someone, and has a consistent 40-60 points a year while checking the crap out of the leagues best for the next decade... Why Reasoner or Grebs isnt on waivers instead is a mystery???

Lord Bob said...

I like the Electric Norseman as much as most, but aren't we a little tainted from memories of his brilliant rookie year? I mean, how much has be improved since the first half of his first NHL season?

Don't get me wrong, I'd have gassed Reasoner or Sanderson long before I made Thoresen take the pipe. But the guy's a fourth-liner/healthy scratch on this team and he hasn't proven he deserves to be a damned thing more.