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02-01-2012, 06:49 PM
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He hasn't had th right opportunity. He should be playing 2nd line center between Cally and Dubi. Last season, AA's second, He slid into that role, both Dubi and Cally had their breakout seasons, and that was with Cally missing over 20 games. The line was our best offensive and defensive line by far.
This year Torts is desperate to find a place for Richards. Stepan is playing massively better than Richie, so 1st line C isn't it. Cally and DUbi are seeing dips in their games, and none of the consistency of last season, and everyone that has been put on Richie's left side has gone cold since early December.
Maybe Dubi and Cally having amazing seasons was dumb luck. And maybe the subsequent dip this season (Cally's still putting up almost the same points per game pace as last season, but this season a higher percentage is coming from special teams) is more on Dubi's shoulders. But Richie can't make a pass right now to save his life, and there's a center on the roster that has had excellent success with these two, and led our top unit into their most consistent scoring of the season.
Also lets not forget Gaborik and STepan's hot streaks this season were with AA on the wing. Since AA has come off the wing, both Gabs and Step have been inconsistent.
I don't understand what exactly you are saying. Are you saying that AA's slump and sharp dip in production has to do with coaching? Current players? Lack of playing time? Seems to me that all players that are in slumps experience this. If AA was producing he would have earned a spot in the top-2 lines (or even on the 3rd line).
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