I want Brad Richards. That’s all there is to it. People are saying they shouldn’t give him a big contract because it would be the same cap burden as Campbell. That’s a ridiculous line of thinking. How can you be “burdened” by a top 10 player in the league? Richards would get a 100 points for the Blackhawks and would give the Hawks the best 1-2 punch of centers in the league. I think the Blackhawks should offer Richards either 5 years and 35m, or 7 years and 42m. The time to win is now. The Blackhawks have cap space, and Richards at 7m a season provides more value than Brooks Laich or anyone else at 4 or 4.5m. The Hawks can afford Richards and still have enough money to sign another defenseman and give Patrick Sharp a raise.
Patrick Sharp(5m, assumed contract extension) Jonathan Toews(6.3m) Patrick Kane(6.3)
Rusty Olesz(3.125m) Brad Richards(7m) Marian Hossa(5.275m)
Ben Smith($812,500) Dave Bolland(3.375m) Michael Frolik(2.275m,assumed raise)
Kyle Beach(1.171m) Marcus Kruger(900,000) Bryan Bickell($541,667)
Brent Seabrook(5.8m) Duncan Keith(5.538m)
Nik Hjalmarsson(3.5m) Nick Leddy(1.117m)
Chris Campoli(1.5m) 6th Defenseman(1.2m)
Total: 64m. And that’s rounding up. The real total is a couple hundred grand less than that. This team as presently constructed would probably go like 82-0. Just do it Stan.
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