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05-16-2012, 02:29 PM
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Carter and Richards are showing that they are two very good COMPLIMENTARY players with the Kings. Simple as that...especially when you consider they are playing on a team with a bonafide goaltender.

Their roles here were more tip of the spear and for various reasons both hockey related and off-ice it wasn't going to work out but in 2010 it almost did although in the finals both of them didn't have a lot of impact but in Richards case he was a major factor along with Pronger and of course Gagne in even getting to the dance. Carter not so much b/c of injury and playing out of position once he returned. The latter situation became a problem b/c of Briere and Leino taking on more prominant roles (Briere at center) and then of course Giroux breaking out. Carter essentially became expendable and a luxury especially since we needed a goalie. Now with Briere not having a complimentary partner again to keep opposing teams off balance and his D game going south b/c of lack of size ..not having a Carter and depending on rookies set us back in the short term. But we'll be better off in the long run especially if Couts turns into the well-rounded stud he is projected to become.

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