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04-20-2011, 01:33 PM
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I don't think it will happen, but just in terms of idle speculation...

Richards could theoretically allow Z to start shooting to score again, rather than shooting and aiming for tips and redirects the way he has the last year or two. He almost never gets to shoot from open ice inside 40 feet without 6 guys in between him and the net.

He could also theoretically give them a dynamic 2nd scoring line if they put him between Franzen and Bert. Those guys could get into shooting or screening position and Richards could get them the puck in position to do some damage.

It never hurts to add a center that's still young enough to play close to his peak with a Conn Smythe on his resume either.

There are plenty of reasons why it would be nice to add a guy like Richards.

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