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02-05-2013, 10:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Machinehead View Post
He's here to produce. He's doing that. He's not here to provide Jam, throw his weight around, or make a difference on every single shift.

People forgot what a number one center looked like between the mid 90's and Brad Richards (long time right?). Oftentimes it looks alot like numbers. We have Ryan Callahan to be a pistol in the top 6. For the 1st liners I want numbers.

Getting points and creating offense are not the same thing. Richards isn't producing in the way that warrants the kind of contract or ice time he has. I'm not looking for him to throw his weight around or provide jam and nothing I've written suggest that. I'm looking for him to actually play like a top center. He's simply not. He looks like a 2C. Stepan looks like a 3C, if that, right now. No, obviously, I wouldn't want Stepan anywhere near the 1C, but Richards doesn't look like it right now either and he's not going to get any younger or better. I was disappointed in Richards last year but the team did so well that I overlooked it and attributed it to him needing time to gel with his new team. And as long as he came through when it mattered, I was content. This year, he looks worse than last.

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