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03-07-2012, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Zuccarello Awesome View Post
Without his 7 game-winning goals, we'd be in 7th place.

That's not even considering a few moregame-winners that he set up.

And it's not even considering the intangible effect of his professional veteran presence and leadership on guys like Stepan, Del Zotto, Hagelin, etc.

And it's not considering the fact that even if he scores 0 points in a game, he helps everyone slide down a spot to where they should be. For example, without Richards, Stepan would be facing every team's top shutdown pair every shift, every night.
Great post! Richards has brought a lot of intangibles to the team that can't be quantified.
I do believe that the expections from Richards production wise for this season were completely unrealistic from the get go because he hasn't played with anywhere near the talent level here compared with Dallas and Tampa Bay.

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