No disrespect to the player, but this is exactly the kind of asshat we sign and then complain about all season long. We got several guys that fill Richard's role, and what we need is a #1 playmaking center - which he is clearly not.
I am scared to see this buyout, because I fear this will be some heralded off-season acquisition and used to cover up the fact that we still can't score goals with the likes of LA or CHI.
He's a nice piece for some other team... but doesn't fit with ours at this point. This is Ott with better hands - a player in decline who has more reputation than productivity. Please no more washed out vets with "grit."
No disrespect to the "fans", but don't most of them complain about things all season long no matter what, especially around here?
That being said, I actually agree with your post. Save the money and use it towards a real, proven #1. These trying-to-catch-lightning-in-a-bottle moves are too risky at this point. We need to win. I'm concerned that we're playing everything too cautiously and pretty soon our young studs are going to be due for a raise and we're not going to be able to keep them all. The time is now. Make a real move. We aren't that far off.
I realize we could still get Richards as a mid-roster guy, and that would probably be the expectation for him, but I'd rather take care of what we need to first, and then use what's left to fill out the roster. Basically just don't get screwed like we did with Roy...