Do the Kings win the cup with Schenn/Simmonds vs Richards/Carter?
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02-25-2013, 09:07 AM
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Philadelphia, PA
No, of course they don't win, w/o Richards (and what he did in Nov, 7 of his 9 goals were GWG or GTG) arguably they are not in the playoffs.
You have to understand, for some Flyers fans trashtalking Richards and Carter is a defense mechanism to make themselves feel better because they are not around anymore. Extremely small and immature biut a defense mechanism nonetheless.
Having seen every game Schenn an d Simmonds have played, there is no way the Kings would have made the playoffs with them. Schenn would not have been on the kings, he'd have been in Manchester a nd Stoll as a #2 all year wouldn't have cut it.
Schenn had 6 goals and 19 points in over 50 game , which didn't upset me. WHat was a concern was how terriblyi disappointing he was the entire year. He was missing in action for most games, invisible. He has offensive skills, but that's where his effectiveness ends. He is terrible in his own zone and the neutral zone, loses most of his board battles and creates costly turnovers that lead to scoring chances and goals. For example, he scored 2 goals agsint the Jets sat, but was stripped of the puck on the boards in tne neutral zone and the Jets scored. He does that alot. He also tends to disappear against skilled teams.
If anybody thinks that Schenn would have come close to creating the fear of playing agaisnt him that Richards does, they' don't know hockey. That Schenn could have dismantled Burrows and Kessler off their game like Richards did, you're dreaming. Winning a championship is more than scoring, it's having that complete game, being a 200 foot \player and playing with a mean streak, a sharp set of fangs.
Carter's foot was injured and he wasn't 100% until the middle of the WCF and from then on he was an impact player. Two of his 8 goals were GWG in the finals.
You have to live in Philly to appreciated how nearsighted some fans are, once a player isn't a Flyer anymore the fans lose their objectivitity and that player becomes much less than he is in reality. JVR is another example, a very talented power forward who was never given the stability, reg minutes or game situations to grow as a player. He was bounced from line to line, benched, never on the PP or PK. ALl of which he does now with the LEafs and he's flourishing , the 11 goals are only one part of how much better he is all over the ice. But to hear the fans here, he 'never did that ' for us and they trash talk him.
With Richards and carter the Kings have a good solid foundation to help the team go deep and contend for years. WIth Schenn and Simmonds, the FLyers don't have that, they are complimentary players and the team behind them has far too many holes.
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