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01-15-2012, 11:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Guffaw View Post
Richards not so much? How so?

Simmonds alone has only 3 less points. Brayden Schenn is 20 yrs. old. Richards salary dump opened up money for other players.

Richards is a smaller physical player that gets by on work ethic. That's not an easy way to play. He will not have a long career as an elite player if he's even at that level now. I believe you've already seen the best of him. Schenn....not so much
Because Richards is an above average player in all situations, and one of the best PKers of his generation. Simmons and Schenn's aren't replacing that. This without getting into your flat comparison that isn't really grappling with injuries.

If you don't think the Flyers would be better right now with Ruchards giving this team a strong two way line that can actually stop the opposition, I don't know what to say. Carter was always better than his detractors claimed, but not the all around force. Giroux has been having an epic season thus far, but is barely keeping himself above even. That line would be minus if not for Hartnell, who played a similar role for Briere and Leino.

Schenn needs to stop getting hurt and become a very good player before we can even remotely consider that deal a win. Richards is an extremely rare combination of offense, defense, and physicality in the modern NHL.

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