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02-16-2012, 12:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Ziggy Stardust View Post
Simmonds used to be in a more defensive checking role while also chipping in with offense when he was playing with Handzus on the Kings. I think he has less of that responsibility on the Flyers. It isn't his fault, but I would say the Flyers' lost their top defensive forward when they dealt Mike Richards, and they are going to really notice it during the playoffs.

It should also be noted, Richards was matched up against the Toews line during the Stanley Cup Finals in 2010. Richards held Toews to zero goals and only three assists during the six game series. And mind you, Toews went on to win the Conn Smythe.
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