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It's time to put Richards and Gaborik together
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02-08-2012, 12:57 PM
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Staten Island, NY
Originally Posted by
Bleed Ranger Blue
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.
ding ding ding ding. Thats the biggest reason right there. 40% of his career points have come on the PP. Hes actually getting more points this season even strength than normal (though only slightly).
Obviously he could be playing better and is part of the problem but its much bigger than him.
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