How does Tort's get Brad Richards going??
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01-16-2012, 01:37 PM
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Yeah...which was kind of my point. He was playing with some pretty damn good players. In fact, his whole career he's played with some pretty damn good players. IMO if you play with pretty damn good players your whole career and average around 80 points a year, it isn't shocking to think that with mediocre offensive players next to you you'll finish with around 60-65. Do all of us expect more? Sure. But you've got to look deeper at it. I'm pretty sure this was discussed a lot in the offseason but anyone that thought BR coming here was going to be this elite signing obviously hasn't paid much attention to him. He's not a dominant player. He never has been.
The thing with Richards also is that he's very smart and when he makes things happen they usually happen pretty quickly. He's not going to be like a guy like Dubinsky where he's dominating an entire shift and then finishes it off with a strong move and a goal. Usually when Richards makes a great play you didn't notice him at all and them boom, all the sudden something happens.
I'm not entirely sure how one of the most productive centers since the lockout could be viewed as anything but elite. Nor am I entirely sure how someone could not have high expectations for a guy who has shown prior to his arrival in NY that he can make big plays and make the players around him better. I'm not expecting him to be Dubinsky. I'm expecting him to be the elite playmaking centermen that he's been his entire career. He's not generating offense. He's feeding off of his linemates and playing a very timid brand of hockey.
As is the case many, many, many times, it seems that your issue lies more with the organization for signing, and your own expectations.
I really don't think that this Richards is any different from the player he has been his whole career. There have been plenty of opportunities that haven't been capitalized on. Another 9 points and he's got 40. If he had that right now he'd be looking at close to 80. On this roster, without playing with Gabby, that's damn good. Not bad.
If you think Richards is playing as well right now as he has previously in his career, then I have to honestly question if you've ever watched the guy play before. He looks lost on the ice more often than not and Callahan is the better player of the two for 80% of the shifts they take. You can lament about "Well, if he only had 9 more points we wouldn't care" but the fact of the matter is he
have 9 more points.
As per usual, what you deem as a "problem" -- i.e., having entirely realistic expectations for a player based on his performance history -- I deem as "being realistic." You're okay with a few wheels falling off the wagon as long as it keeps moving forward, while I'm well aware that those wheels need to be addressed if we want to make it the entire way to the final destination. Agree to disagree.
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