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11-16-2011, 02:11 AM
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Brad Richards is a great hockey player

This isn't meant to be an appreciation thread, but ******* is he good. I mean I always knew he was a very good player in Dallas and Tampa, but finally getting the chance to see him every night, he is very underrated among the NHL, he is definitely a top 5 center in this league, and maybe even better when hes on fire. He is a great player, and the best center we've picked up since Gretzky. And even then Gretz was on the end of his career, maybe more so Messier the first time around. I also love the fact that he has taken over Del Zotto, Messier-esque with Leetch...

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11-16-2011, 02:22 AM
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I don't know about top 5 but probably top 10. His shot on the 5 on 3 tonight that went off the post was a blast. He has elite vision and throughout his career has been very consistent. He is as you said a great hockey player.

Centers:
Crosby
Stamkos
Datsyuk
Malkin
Getzlaf

Toews
Richards
Thornton
Kopitar
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I don't know about top 5 but probably top 10. His shot on the 5 on 3 tonight that went off the post was a blast. He has elite vision and throughout his career has been very consistent. He is as you said a great hockey player.

Centers:
Crosby
Stamkos
Datsyuk
Malkin
Getzlaf

Toews
Richards
Thornton
Kopitar
Spezza
I see Richie as a better center and player than Getzlaf, its close but I think Richie is better.

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I see Richie as a better center and player than Getzlaf, its close but I think Richie is better.
Yeah definitely debatable. Richards is a career minus player - which doesn't necessarily say he's bad defensively, but I haven't watched Getzlaf enough to compare the two defensively. I will say while I was ranking the centers, part of my thinking is who I would like to have now and therefore age was a small factor.

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Let's not forget Bäckström and Giroux. I think you could argue they have as many offensiven tools as Richards and are stronges in Theorin won zone.

Not to take anything away from Richards who is a great player.

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I know Staal is having a bad year, but he is definitely on that list. 6-8, I'd say.

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I know Staal is having a bad year, but he is definitely on that list. 6-8, I'd say.
This is a list of centers, not D.

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This is a list of centers, not D.
I think he means Eric.

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He's pretty great, but not Tim Connolly great.

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This is a list of centers, not D.
Im assuming hes talking about Eric

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Im assuming hes talking about Eric
Okay then... agreed, but not this year.

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But Richards played on the 3rd line last night and hasn't found chemistry with anyone!

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He's looked excellent lately. You just have confidence that he's going to thread the needle and find someone open whether it be on a rush or during the PP, which has looked fantastic also BTW.

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But Richards played on the 3rd line last night and hasn't found chemistry with anyone!
I know youre being sarcastic, but Richards has found chemistry with everyone, thats just another amazing thing.

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Richards has always been under-valued.

This is a player that is nearly a point per game player at over 700 career regular season games.

He's a point per game playoff performer. Who won the Conn Smythe and Stanley Cup.

This is a player that when his career ends, could be argued as a Hall of Fame caliber player.

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I'm kind of shocked that with how good his shot is, he's never broken 30 goals

I assume because he's pretty inaccurate over the course of the season, but damn he gets a lot on it without much windup. I love guys who look like they're taking a lazy slapshot but the puck just rockets off their stick

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I'm kind of shocked that with how good his shot is, he's never broken 30 goals

I assume because he's pretty inaccurate over the course of the season, but damn he gets a lot on it without much windup. I love guys who look like they're taking a lazy slapshot but the puck just rockets off their stick
He really puts it where he wants it too. It's not the hardest shot in the league, but he's pretty accurate with it, IMO.

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I'm kind of shocked that with how good his shot is, he's never broken 30 goals

I assume because he's pretty inaccurate over the course of the season, but damn he gets a lot on it without much windup. I love guys who look like they're taking a lazy slapshot but the puck just rockets off their stick
For some reason in the last few games when Richards has been taking slapshots, his windup kind of reminds me of Gretzky's style.

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For some reason in the last few games when Richards has been taking slapshots, his windup kind of reminds me of Gretzky's style.
I also love his on-the-rush fake slapshot, go wide move. He scored on it with an attempted pass in our preseason game vs the devils.

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I don't know about top 5 but probably top 10. His shot on the 5 on 3 tonight that went off the post was a blast. He has elite vision and throughout his career has been very consistent. He is as you said a great hockey player.

Centers:
Crosby
Stamkos
Datsyuk
Malkin
Getzlaf

Toews
Richards
Thornton
Kopitar
Spezza
Not trying to go OT or anything. But, you forgot Giroux, Kane, Kesler, and maybe a couple others I'm forgetting.

Glad Brad is working for ye guys though.

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Not trying to go OT or anything. But, you forgot Giroux, Kane, Kesler, and maybe a couple others I'm forgetting.

Glad Brad is working for ye guys though.
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Richards was 3rd among centers in points last year.

Ahead of Kesler, Backstrom, Tavares, Getzlaf, Thornton, Giroux, Kane...

He's been a top five scoring center several times in his career.

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4 of the 6 goals have been laser beams. The goal against Anaheim. His 2nd goal against Ottawa at home. The goal against Montreal to make it 4-2. GWG. The goal last night. Another GWG.

The Rangers are paying Richards $20M in one calendar year. $12M in signing bonus and salary. $10M signing bonus and $2M salary. Another $8M signing bonus next July.

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You think of Richie, and you think of a guy who gets the puck in open ice and makes amazing passes,” Dubinsky said. “He does that, too, but he has the same mindset that Cally and I have, to grind and be strong on the puck.

“He makes those great plays, but then he shoots the puck like this and he scores a huge goal like this when we needed it.

“You know what, he’s everything we thought we were getting, maybe even more
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Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/range...#ixzz1dsHs3Fvp

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“That’s why we signed him for nine years,” Lundqvist said.
http://blogs.northjersey.com/blogs/r...2_wrapping_up/

You can make the argument its a 6 year contract with years 7-9 at $3M total.

Lowers the cap hit from $9.5M to $6.667M.

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You learn more about a player in 10 games playing for your team than 10 years playing for another team.

Why can't people understand this?

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the center position i think is the deepest position in the league. as it always should be imo.

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