Thread: Player Discussion: Brad Richards Part II
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04-17-2013, 10:59 PM
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Why can't a player (let's say a good offensive player) ever just be playing bad without immediately being given the label of lazy, disinterested, possibly playing with injury etc.

Can we just admit he's off this year? Maybe he's lost a step? Maybe he didn't prepare enough in the offseason and was just not ready? He doesn't have to be called lazy just because he's not playing well.

We've now heard the same thing about Richards, Drury, Gaborik, Gomez, Anisimov, Zherdev and pretty much every single offensive player that was expected to perform and for one reason or another did not. Different types of players give effort in different ways.

Basically the way it is is if you are a one dimensional type player - that is someone expected to perform offensively and are not a guy whose game is to hit and/or play hard along the boards etc. and it's not working out you're just called lazy.

I, for one, really do not buy into the theory of these guys being lazy and such and think it is nothing but an excuse for the fan base. The guys are professional hockey players, top players, and have been for years. They try hard. If it's not working it's not working for other reasons.

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