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02-16-2013, 08:00 PM
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Brind'amour was never THE go-to guy on his team, whereas Richards has been in two cities now, both of which were Stanley Cup Contenders. People are choosing (or are too young) to remember Brind'Amour as Captain of a Stanley Cup winner.

Not the fact that he was a second or third liner for most of his career. In Philly, as the primary scorer behind the Legion of Doom line, and in Carolina as an older veteran asked to play a strong two-way game.

He never played more than about 4 seasons as an impact 1st liner on a good team.

Mike Richards has already played 3-4 seasons as an impact 1st liner on very good teams. Last year was an anomaly, and the year Giroux broke out, Richards' last in Philly, he was relegated to a lesser role (but Giroux is one of the top-5 Cs in the league).

By the time it's all said and done, Richards will have a more impressive impact, assuming he stays healthy and plays well into his late 30s.

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