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It's time to put Richards and Gaborik together
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02-08-2012, 12:46 PM
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completely agree. ive watched him closely and early on he always seemed to be doing his own thing however at this point it seems as if he simply is hurt or worn down maybe both. He is consistantly 2 steps behind the play, late on back checks, late getting into the play, something is off with him and it doesnt ahve anything to do with who is is or isnt playing with. THeres a reason why he is one of only two everyday players with a minus next to his name, the other being fedotenko. The common denominator? 2 steps behind the play at all times. They both need to sit.
No offense, but I think you guys are seeing things and/or just trying to justify a player thats in a major slump right now. If you've watched Richards throughout his career, hes never been fast. Hes never ever been noticeable in that way. I dont think hes any slower than normal.
Whats also apparent over his career is hes got exceptional vision, which is being wasted at even strength with guys like Rupp, Prust, Mitchell, Feds, etc. But, more importantly, about 30-40% of his point production over the course of his career has come on the powerplay. If we had a PP that didnt drool over itself everytime out, his numbers would be around his career average.
Now, is he part of that problem? Sure. But Torts' refusal to play him regularly on the point with the man advantage in an attempt to boost that PP AND give Richards some much-needed confidence is a bonehead move. He put him there late in the game last night, and we had the best man advantage this teams had in a month. Keep him there.
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