Richards' hefty deal can actually bring the people together

Updated: December 21, 2007, 12:11 PM ET
By John Buccigross | ESPN.com

I wrote the following 88 words in this column in September 2006, a week after Rick DiPietro signed his 15-year contract with the Islanders:

"Am I the only guy in the world who DOESN'T think the Rick DiPietro signing was outlandish? (Booming, Michael Clarke Duncan voice from above: 'Yes, John, you are.') If DiPietro becomes a top-five goalie, it's a great deal for the Islanders. If he becomes a top-10 goalie, it's about right. Goalies can play for a long time. I think it's a worse deal for ...

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