"The Los Angeles chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Assn. announced it has nominated Brad Richardson for the Bill Masterton trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey." Each of the 30 PHWA chapters nominates a player and the field is gradually narrowed until the winner is announced in June.
Richardson overcame foot injuries that limited him to 31 games last season to become a key contributor this season with 11 goals and 27 points in 77 games. Here's a great hidden stat: The Kings are 10-0-1 in games he's scored a goal this season.
"It feels good to be nominated for anything," he said. "It feels good especially after last year, not having a great year, to be able to bounce back this year and have a pretty good year obviously feels good.""
Take Stoll off the point on the #1 PP, and all that hate will mysteriously vanish. As in it isn't really his fault. Fabulous worker even strength and on the PK.
But seriously. Go Richardson. Shrewd move by DL to get this guy when he did.
Seriously. There's absolutely nothing wrong with Stoll that using him in the correct way wouldn't fix. You know, go out and win face-offs, and blast the occasional one-timer into the net when you happen to get lucky. But please, at even strength......or at least not in a PP QB position.....