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02-18-2013, 01:34 AM
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Richards was a very different player then, and Brayden Schenn was overrated on these boards then. Simmonds had not broken out. His career high was 16 goals.
Gardiner is worth infinitely more to the Leafs now than Schenn was at the time he was traded, even though many Leaf fans still believed he would be good in time.
I noticed that Richards numbers dipped a bit during the regular season with the Kings, might have been due to a defensive system? He also played pretty well prior to his concussion partway through the initial season.
How was Richards different prior to the trade? I didn't watch him that much during the regular season with Philly, but he was a treat to watch in the playoffs. Turned it up when it mattered most and left it all out on the ice. Looking at the Kings playoffs he did the exact same; instrumental for the the Stanley cup and the Kings.
Most of the Kings fans had a Pierre Mcguire man-crush on Simmons. With the shakling Terry Murray coaching it's no surprise to any of us Simmons could achieve 25+ goals a season after being traded. Take a look at most of the Kings roster during Terry Murray, any player who got over 13 goals had broken out.
So how is Gardiner worth infinitely more than Schenn? What has he done to warrant the hoarding of such a player?
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