Thread: Line Combos: Predictions for 2011-12 Roster
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06-05-2011, 03:05 AM
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RGY
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Originally Posted by Zuccarello Awesome View Post
NO. IT ISN'T! GO BACK TO NHL 11. THE POINT OF GETTING RICHARDS IS THAT WE'VE NEEDED A LEGITIMATE 1ST LINE CENTER FOR OVER A DECADE. THE POINT OF GETTING RICHARDS IS THAT HE MAKES US A BETTER TEAM. THE POINT OF GETTING RICHARDS IS THAT HE IMPROVES OUR POWERPLAY. THE POINT OF GETTING RICHARDS IS THAT HE'S THE BEST OPTION AVAILABLE AND WE DON'T HAVE TO LOSE ANY ASSETS EXCEPT MAYBE A DRAFT PICK IF WE DEAL FOR HIS RIGHTS BEFORE JULY 1ST! Gaborik has scored without an elite centerman before now, and he will in the future. Gaborik may not be in the teams short-term plans, let alone long-term. We're not signing Richards for Gaborik. Get this out of your head. It is complete hogwash.
You clearly dont have a clue as to what this team's needs and wants are.

Yes to all the things you stated about Richards as far as what he PROVIDES for this team. BUT he is being signed because of two underlying factors; Gaborik and Winning a championship. And those two factors go hand in hand. Brad Richards wants to WIN. He isnt signing here to be part of a rebuilding franchise because if they do trade gaborik for young guys thats just what they will be. Brad Richards is a playmaker, NOT a goal scorer. Who's going to put the puck in the net?

Did you watch any of the hockey games this year or did you just write it off as a "bad" year for gaborik? He scored 40+ goals in his first season here because it was his first season in the Eastern Conference. Do you realize what teams started to do once they realized we had no other scoring threats? They smothered him. Even in the last few games of gaborik's first season here he was being shadowed and shut down. That's what happened this year. He had NO space out there whatsoever to let go of that wrist shot. Whether it was even strength or the PP he did not have time and space. If gaborik scored 40 goals again this year this team would've made the playoffs in a smoother manner than sweating it out basically the whole year. And we wouldnt be sitting here pushing for the #1 center as bad as we are. Yeah we'd still want one but it wouldn't be as pressing of a need. And now we are going to have to make multiple maneuvers to fit BR under the cap while being able to re-sign RFA's. But we know we have to do it for all the reasons you mentioned above. But within each reason you give for what BR brings to the table, gaborik is part of it. The point of getting richards is to have a guy who can distribute the puck to one of the elite shooters in the game, who when he has time and space is a lethal threat on the ice.

The only hogwash is the mythical fable going on in your head that the New York Rangers are/should be trading gaborik to LA, or any team for that matter. But why should I or anyone be surprised by a NY sports fan wanting to give up on a player after one bad year. I bet you're also part of the group ready to trade our 20 year old defenseman


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Originally Posted by mti79 View Post
My feelings.... if we do sign Richards, we're closer to competing for the Cup if we keep Gaborik then if we deal him away. He's a legit scorer. We don't have anyone else close to what he can do. We need to hold onto him and let him do what he does. This past year was the aberration, not the norm.
Thank you.

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