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Richard Park has signed with a Swiss team

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09-08-2010, 11:44 PM
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What a shame, considering he was one of the best, young players in the NHL.

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Thats a shame. I really liked Park. He seemed like a tough, hard-working player, who actually enjoyed every minute he was out there.

It's surprising that no one else made a decent offer. I'm disappointed.

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09-09-2010, 06:56 AM
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Will always be remembered on the Island for a great game against Jersey(w/ Dubie's shootout poke-checks) to get us into the playoffs after Simon/Dp issues almost deep-sixed us. Playoff hero in Minny as well. Struggled with foot issues this year. Should probably fire his agent, could've been somebodies 12/13.

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09-09-2010, 07:11 AM
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Richard Park had an absolutely awful NHL season, with a few good games mixed in here and there. There's no surprise here. By the end of the season, he was no longer the first option on penalty kills. That's where he lost his job. If he were still an excellent PK'er, he'd have a job.

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09-09-2010, 08:08 AM
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I'm wondering what Metropolit and Park are doing in Switzerland. I'd welcome both on my team anyday.

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09-09-2010, 08:33 AM
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Three-year deal with Geneva-Servette.

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09-09-2010, 09:39 AM
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dang. still a serviceable dude if you ask me.

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09-09-2010, 11:27 AM
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I guess he decided 3 years in Switzerland beats possibly having to ride the bus in the AHL.

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09-09-2010, 11:38 AM
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Three years is something that Park would not in a million years have earned from a NHL club, so I don't blame him if he was able to pull down $500K+ from Genf. No two-way threat, no demotion risk, no danger that in another year's time, or two years' time, no one will want him. That could be the last contract he signs. He'll be 37 at this time three years from now.

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09-09-2010, 11:55 AM
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Best of luck to him! He's been a good soldier for many years.

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09-09-2010, 12:33 PM
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Over the past few years watching Islanders-Habs games, Park always stood out as one of NYI's most effective players, really gave the Habs fits when he forechecked.

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09-09-2010, 01:53 PM
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although i do not believe that he claimed it was a back injury (hamstring I believe) I was at a game where he checked a player behind the net and from my seat I saw him grimace in pain. To me it looked like a back injury, and he never was the same player after that. The speed was gone, the physical play, and therefore his NHL career

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Over the past few years watching Islanders-Habs games, Park always stood out as one of NYI's most effective players, really gave the Habs fits when he forechecked.
Agreed...it's funny seeing people say "thank god, he was a Rangers/Devils/Flyers/etc killer" because I always thought he was a threat whenever he played the Habs, regardless of what team he was on.

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09-10-2010, 11:32 AM
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Agreed...it's funny seeing people say "thank god, he was a Rangers/Devils/Flyers/etc killer" because I always thought he was a threat whenever he played the Habs, regardless of what team he was on.
I think the bottom line is simply: Richard Park played balls out against everyone! Look at how many people say he was a said team killer! It is crazy.

It is pretty amazing to see the overwhelming support for a bottom six player like this on HF. It really just doesnt happen. Usually bottom 6 guys will have those that label them turds, but really dont find that here with Park.

I still have to ask what the hell were 30 gm's smoking by not signing him?????

I can see why NYI wouldnt sign Park...they want to get some new blood in, I get that, but come on, you would think Philly or the Rangers would take a stab at this guy. Look at the trolls making over $1 mil a year in the NHL, and I dare any GM to tell me Park isnt worth a 2 year deal at $750k to 1mil per year...Derek Boogard is still in the league for God's sake.

Like many of you have said, I wish Park the best of luck in Swiss, I hope he just relaxes out there and enjoys the game....he was a player that did more with less, and I will always respect him for that....and for being one of the first Cali natives to make it to the show!

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09-10-2010, 12:13 PM
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I still have to ask what the hell were 30 gm's smoking by not signing him?????
They watched him struggle all year on the PK. It's really not rocket science, people. What happens to a 3rd/4th line center who can't PK very well and wants a guaranteed contract? He goes to Europe.

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09-11-2010, 09:19 AM
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Three years is something that Park would not in a million years have earned from a NHL club, so I don't blame him if he was able to pull down $500K+ from Genf. No two-way threat, no demotion risk, no danger that in another year's time, or two years' time, no one will want him. That could be the last contract he signs. He'll be 37 at this time three years from now.
Exactly.

Apparently there were NHL offers, but not as good as the Swiss one:

http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/story/1...s-club/cbsnews

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he was never a good player anyway. Hey everyone, remember when richard park was a good third line center on a contender? No? Because it never happened.

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09-11-2010, 12:11 PM
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Just a few sources:

http://www.gshc.ch/HomePage/HomePage.php
http://www.slapshot.ch/slapshot-news...d=11221&navi=1
http://brochuishockey.blogspot.com/2...t-11-2010.html

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Nice, a goal and an assist in his first game with Geneve Servette.

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Well Park was a Canucks killer until he became a Canuck. I think Park was a valuable player for some of the teams he played. For a guy drafted in the second round and expected to be a scorer who ended up looking like a career minor league soon after, he sure carved out a nice NHL career. Hard working guy for sure.

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Richard Park had an absolutely awful NHL season, with a few good games mixed in here and there.

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Very true.

And just me, but I don't reminisce over dime-a-dozen, fourth-liners on bottom feeders.

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09-12-2010, 01:04 AM
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I'd rather have him on the 4th line than John Mitchell.

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i dont like park cause of that otherwise i wish him the best

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What a shame, considering he was one of the best, young players in the NHL.
? He was 34.

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