Comparing Messier/Richards Acquisitions (and state of franchises), 20 years later.
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08-03-2011, 03:57 PM
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This team is not as good as that team was. The major, major difference is there is no one even close to as good as Zubov in terms of offensive skill from the blueline, much less Leetch. No real counter for Amonte or Kovalev. Dubinsky is the closest thing, I guess. The rest of the squad can kind of match, I suppose. Nemchinov/Anisimov, Weight/Stepan, Graves/Callahan, Gartner/Gaborik.
It's tough to compare because the game has changed so much in terms of the rules, style of play, conditioning, equipment.
Brad Richards is easily one of the top ten playmaking forwards in the league, and his passing skills are nothing but elite. Also, the Conn Smythe Trophy is awarded to the most valuable player of the entire playoffs. This is not the NBA. Brad Richards was, is, and always will be a better player than Vincent Lecavalier, particularly when it comes to playmaking, which is generally the most important quality needed from a top line center.
Your dead wrong pal. Brad Richards is an elite playmaker but he is hardly an elite level player in this league. He also hasn't had anywhere near the career of Vincent Lecavalier who was a 50+ goal scorer twice while Brad Richards has yet to crack 30 goals. There are 15 to 20 players in the league who are easily better overall players than Brad Richards.
Next thing you know you'll be telling us that Maryanne Garorik is an elite level player too.
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