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Why Richards' 12-year pact isn't all that shocking

Updated: December 17, 2007, 4:50 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

Just wondering where all the howls of derision were when the Philadelphia Flyers announced last week that they had signed third-year center Mike Richards to a 12-year, $69 million contract extension.

That's pretty good job security for a player who just established a career-best 14 goals. When the New York Islanders became a league laughingstock when they signed netminder Rick DiPietro to a 15-year deal coming out of the lockout, at least he had won a playoff game and established himself ...

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