Goes without saying that we're all glad he's contributing to the team, but I'm happy for him as a person. Always maintained a good attitude last year, worked his butt off over the summer, and clearly it's paying off. Go Richie!
It's great what the team has been doing sticking up for each other and getting involved in scrums. That does more for team building than any staged fight ever does (yawn).
Very nice seeing that kind of stuff. They are going in the right direction with what they have
My only complaint with Richards is his lack of emotion in the interviews. It looks like someone shot his dog every time
People talk about the interviews alot, with Callahan as well. And I get it, everyone likes the rabblerouser, but I like a level-headed leader that flatlines and keeps an even keel win or loss, at least publicly. When the door closes that's when words can fly. As for the media, I like the team to be represented by C's and A's who are laid back and level-headed.
While last year was tough for him, it was his fault. As a professional athlete you cant let yourself go in the offseason (lockout or not). His legs just weren't there and he paid for it.
Was quietly confident that we were going to see a much better Richards this season.
Totally agree with this. It was on him. That's what had me so pissed at him. To his credit he's admitted as much. Just glad to see him playing well and not another high priced failure in a Rangers uniform.
Even if/when Richards is bought out I still love the guy. He really does care. He isn't like any other NYR bust signing that we're used to laughing about by now. It's really nice to see him ready to rock, as well.
At 34 years old. Richards is still very much the favorite to be sent packing via buyout. Regardless of the season he has.
He's had a nice first ten games, no question. But he hasn't been a major impact player, he's simply been a solid top sixer - the fact that the team has been sorely lacking them has made that stand out.
He's still had flashes of a declining player (e.g. I thought he dragged down his line against Montreal) and he's nowhere NEAR the kind of dominant force he'd need to be to justify the cap recapture risk.
Kudos to him for redeeming himself and rehabilitating his game after last year's awful performance - I'm sure he'll get every penny he deserves on a well-earned 3-year deal after he's bought out. But IMO there's no question you still have to buy him out.