First off, I will admit that I have one foot firmly on both sides of the Brad Richards debate. There are definite pros to the Leafs making a serious pitch for the unrestricted free agent, but the cons have to be looked at as well.
Brian Burke has stated that he is planning on solving the top-line centre problem in Toronto via free agency because "you get the player for free. All it costs you is salary. You don't give up any assets, you don't give up any players or picks. Prior to July 1, you've got to pledge assets."
While true on the surface, this is a very shallow analysis—especially coming from a GM who should be regretting the signing of Mike Komisarek at $4.5 million per season.
With that, I will now play devil's advocate and provide six reasons that the Leafs should not go after Brad Richards.