The Hell is Everybody's Problem with Mike Richards?
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05-21-2010, 11:08 AM
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Lumberton, NJ
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I completely agree. I expected Pronger to be really dirty based on his past. I hadn't really gotten to see much of him with him being in the West forever. I honestly cannot think of a single incident this year that I'd consider dirty.
Hartnell and Briere I'd say are our dirtiest by far. Followed by Carcillo, who I don't think tries to be dirty at all, but just sometimes makes a bad decision.
Richards I don't think is the slightest bit dirty, the only questionable thing is the Booth hit.
Personally I hate dirty plays that are dangerous. I'm okay with Mike Richards' huge open ice hits as long as he keeps himself from headhunting on the ice. He makes those hits without the intent to injure. He's one of the most competitive players I've ever seen. He wants to beat you, no matter the cost, but he's extremely respectful of other players.
I've seen a few crosschecks right in the numbers from Pronger where the guy goes headfirst into the boards. I can only think of maybe 3-4 this season that made me cringe and think, "Now why did you have to do that?" It's probably happened a few more times than that. He definitely hasn't been very dirty at all. I think a lot of those were just bad timing things honestly. I think he's really tried to bottle up his dirty side here. That or people had the wrong opinion of him to begin with, which is also entirely possible.
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