: Pre-Game Talk:
Who's ****ing Pumped for Next Season?
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07-04-2011, 07:11 PM
Join Date: Sep 2005
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Eh, Gretzky was definitely a 1st line center in 97-98 -- but I digress. It's still an absolute absurdity how long it has been since a center of Richards' caliber has laced the skates up for this team.
I absolutely cannot wait to see what a real powerplay looks like.
Gretzky was far from dominant by time he got to the Rangers. He was soft on the puck and I got kind of tired of him skating into the zone, crossing the redline, twirling, and looking for the trailer. Too often the defender would just stand him up and turn the play the other way. Too few times did he control the play from behind the net. He wasn't the same Gretzky anymore.
IMO we have to go back to Pre-Vancouver Messier to go back to when we had a real #1 center.
Still, I'm SUPER excited for this coming season. This team was already solid and young. Adding Richards...OH BABY!!! Will be like adding Messier in the 90s.
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