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06-11-2011, 07:39 PM
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Originally Posted by ELab2 View Post
If he played like that all the time no one would even think about trading him, but he doesn't. He's gotten either too injured to play that way or too wrapped up in the numbers and has moved to a more finesse game. When Richards plays LIKE he's a third line center, he's a GREAT hockey player (still capable of putting a point/game as he did in his breakout season), but he rarely plays like that anymore.
Maybe he's trying to play a finesse game because the duds on his wings can't put the damned puck in the net. Meanwhile, you see the Briere line kept intact all season long even though they struggled hugely after the break. Meanwhile, Carter/Roo/JvR get to play together with Zherdev occasionally taking a spot while Richards gets the likes of Nodl and Carcillo and very rarely JvR or Roo.

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