This discussion about Gabby's name on the Cup reminds me of the "we want the Cup" chants during the first game with Drury/Gomez. Ridiculously premature. Let's stick with hoping they sneak into the playoffs, eh?
Loving it right now the lines are working like magic and i think its only getting better. The first line with Nash and Clowe resembles Bostons first line in some ways. Brassard has hot wheels and is hard on the puck i like it. Zucc has been unreal has helped Richards a lot in gaining some offensive confidence. Obviously Stepan line has been a joy to watch. Everyone, i mean John Moore looks like Mcd out there. Anyway im going to bet this team to win the Cup i havent seen them look this good in any year. I honestly dont care what people say i think there connecting at the right time and will blow teams away come PO. I dont care who we play will beat them. Factor in a possible return of Staal and ive got no issues.
Some quotes from Bjurman:
"Question: What do you think of NJD's coach being kicked out of the game? Strålman ("looks around the dressing room"): It is odd that that doesn't happen to us more often"
"Question: What do you think of Richards hat-trick? Strålman: It could have been the ugliest hat-trick in the history of the league."
[I personally think the ugliest hat-trick of the history of the league MUST belong to Fabian Brunnström, check out his highlites at nhl.com and the first three goals of his career (which came in his first game)]
I am one of Torts biggest detractors but none of Richards' struggles this year have anything to do with him. Richards just simply played like crap for the vast majority of this season.
Yes and no, I do not fault Torts for Richards crappy play.
But we are making it so easy for ourselves if we just think that Richards turned crap over night.
Brad Richards is the -- exact -- same player who paced 67 pts (with 34 pts on the PP) and an minus 33 over 82 games despite playing on a top PP (Tampa was 5th in the league) and with tremendous linemates for Tampa in 07/08 (all numbers what is what he was on pace for over 82 games).
And the exact same player who scored 91 pts three years ago and paced over a PPG two years ago (playing with those youngs studs at his wing and on a functioning (read: coached) PP).
My point is just, if we are not happy with Richards, we need to scout better. Cause this is the player we signed. We have not provided him with the right playing partners on the PP, hence he has not scored many pts, hence his confidence has gone awol, and 1 + 1 + 1 gives us what we have today. Its as simple as that. I don't know how many times I've seen him over his career and thought like "yikes he scores alot of pts but is not the most talented hockey player thats for sure", and posted at this place about just that. I was very concerned before we got him, and when he plays like expected, so many goes like "he was top 3 center in the league now lost everything".
Regardless of the idiotic, premature cup talk, but if they did miraculously win, I don't want to see Gabby's name on the cup. Gaborik was my favorite player while here, but it's wrong. He's on another team and isn't a part of this success.
In my opinion, we don't make the playoffs if he's still here anyway.