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03-04-2011, 10:16 AM
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The situation when Messier arrived and the possible arrival of Richards this summer absolutely have parralells.

If you step back from the ledge of the cliff, open your eyes, you'd realize it.

Messier stepped in to lead a young team, teach the young guys what winning is about, show them what it takes to win.

Brad Richards absolutely possesses those qualities.


Anything you read regarding Richards and his impact on the young guys in Dallas, heck, even the guys in Tampa when he was only 24 years old, you'd know that Richards is one of the rare players that are not only elite in talent, but put the effort in to accomplish his goals, demand the same from his teammates, assume a leadership role, and understand what it takes to win and relays the message to his team both by action and in voice.

The impact Richards can have on this young team could be HUGE.

The fact is, he understands how fetching the opportunity to win a Stanley Cup is. Players think when/if they win it when they're young that they'll have another shot, and its simply not the way it works. He's looking to win. The Rangers are looking to turn/develop these kids into winners.

You sign Richards and guys like Stepan and Anisimov assume a role they can be successful in with less pressure. And in 5 or so years when Richards bows out, Stepan and Anisimov are entering their prime years.

Dubinsky, Callahan, Boyle, Girardi, Staal will be entering their prime years soon. They're ready to help carry this team to the next level. Richards coming in here could provide the proper guidance and help them do it.

Richards is on another level then Gomez and Drury are/were. And this is a different situation then when they came in over 4 years ago. This isn't a veteran team. This is a young team that needs an elite veteran to help lead them to the next level.

(Not Fedotenko, Prospal, Drury)

Richards is a legitimate elite player. A guy who can be at the top of the league in scoring on a consistent basis.

A guy who makes his teammates better players both on and off the ice.

He's a player that brings credibility.

All these things Messier brought back in 91 when he arrived.

They may not be comparable in other ways, including the young guys, but the situation is similar, it absolutely is.


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You can put the team we would have up against the best in the East.

The impact a guy like Richards would have is invaluable to a young team like this. He made that impact in Tampa, he made the impact on Dallas and the kids developed with his guidance and they were real contenders this year until he got hurt. And then they traded Neal. So 2/3 of their top line is gone.

Also, Richards takes some pressure off Gaborik, who I don't feel is a guy that can be THE guy. He's a scorer, not as much a battle hardened leader like Richards is.

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