Lombardi opts not to buy out Mike Richards. People are taking this as a vote of confidence, a nod to loyalty, etc., and maybe it is. But it’s also possible Lombardi is just preserving assets he believes he can deal.
This doesn’t necessarily mean Richards is the one he will trade. There are other worthy candidates. I don’t need to name them, but they would need to make more than $3 million a year because of the next bullet point.
Marian Gaborik. All of this may come down to whether Lombardi wants to sign Gaborik enough to move salary in order to do it.
Lombardi likes draft picks. There are people with poor judgment looking to deal high picks.
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