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06-20-2014, 04:03 PM
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Thank you, Brad Richards.

Have seen other threads for player appreciation, and felt Richie deserves one as a good bye.

Personally, I feel as though he contributed a lot to the Rangera growth as a contender over the past three seasons. With Richards' leadership the Rangers have gone to the Eastern Conference Final twice and the Stanley Cup Final.

Thank you for helping to guide the younger core players, and sorry we couldn't bring home the Cup.

Good luck continuing what has been a great NHL career.

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06-20-2014, 04:13 PM
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He did a great job bouncing back this season, knowing that a buyout was all but guaranteed no matter how hard he played. That shows great character and shouldn't be forgotten.

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He did a great job bouncing back this season, knowing that a buyout was all but guaranteed no matter how hard he played. That shows great character and shouldn't be forgotten.
Character? The guy realized he was playing for a job.

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He didn't bounce back. That narrative started before the season began and for whatever reason people just kept running with it.

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He didn't bounce back. That narrative started before the season began and for whatever reason people just kept running with it.
yep. his ppg was higher in his "bad" year than it was last year.

He was always a massive disappointment no matter how anyone spins it. Never even approached a PPG.

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He didn't bounce back. That narrative started before the season began and for whatever reason people just kept running with it.
He did.

His PPG might've been higher last year, but he went against Charmin soft competition. He went against tougher competition this year and performed at the same level, which means he did better.

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06-20-2014, 04:30 PM
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He did.

His PPG might've been higher last year, but he went against Charmin soft competition. He went against tougher competition this year and performed at the same level, which means he did better.
What are you basing this on? What is anyone basing his bounce back on?

People were parroting this narrative before the season started. He was the same underwhelming Brad that was given every single chance to succeed including all the power play time in the world. The guy would go entire games without showing any defensive effort.

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06-20-2014, 04:31 PM
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Thanks for the awesome memories, Richie. The 2012 Winter Classic and the playoff run following it, as well as an insane ride this year. Best of luck moving forward!

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06-20-2014, 04:33 PM
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I hated Richards while he was here.

Reflecting back, the guy wasn't terrible. He just wasn't as good as he was billed. We got him to be a 1C, and he played like a 2C/3C tweener. He was a massive disappointment based on expectations/contract/performance.

He's got great character, he's a great leader, and he was always honest about **** in interviews. I can respect that. I wish him well. I hope he goes somewhere and finds a niche.

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06-20-2014, 04:47 PM
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Richie was the architect of some big plays for us in the early season when we needed it the most, so he deserves respect for that, and his leadership in his time here.

Very dissapointing playoffs, but other than that, I'm sure his teammates will miss him

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06-20-2014, 04:49 PM
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Seriously I thought the Rangers should have bought him out a year ago.

He's well remunerated for his time here. Does he need a thank you too?

Anyway this year he had some good games. He had some bad games. Mostly he had average/mediocre games. He was pretty good in the first two playoff series--started going missing in the Montreal series and was absolutely awful in the Cup finals.

For his three years here--I expected a lot more. He didn't bring enough offense--even with tons of pwp time and had a hard time finding chemistry with any of his teammates. He had problems keeping up an average NHL pace. Defensively he was not good--somewhere between poor and average. I kind of pictured we were going to get a heady point a game player. He wasn't very heady. He made numerous miscues--forced way too many plays and a lot of them bit us in the ass. Just about the last forward I would have wanted on the ice protecting a 1 goal lead in the last minute of a game.

I get the leadership thing. It went missing last year in the playoffs but was there for most of this year's playoffs. Still part of leadership is doing it on the ice. As the playoffs went on he did less and less.

He made a lot of money from us--there's a lot more still to come. He took up a lot of cap space and didn't deliver satisfactorily. That's how he's going to be remembered. More than less he failed here.

Apart from that he seems to be a very good guy.

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06-20-2014, 05:01 PM
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The Rangers won 9 playoff series with Brad Richards. Before signing him, we won 7 in the previous 13 years.

That's a crazy stat, and probably mostly coincidental. But I'm going to give him at least some credit for that.

I'll also never forget Game 5 of the Washington series 2 years ago. That was genuinely awesome.

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He had some good games, some not so good games... but he was a solid presence in the locker room at all times. He's a good guy that just fell off. Can't blame him for that. He always gave his all.

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Never wanted this guy in the first place 31- can confirm that i basically said "another over the hill 30 plus year old coming for retirement slowing dwon every year. I feel vindicated lol. In all seriousness this guy is a leader and has true heart. I livew in Staten Island and first hand saw what he did here during hurricane sandy. I can never thank him enough for that. Good look in the future Brad.

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The Rangers won 9 playoff series with Brad Richards. Before signing him, we won 7 in the previous 13 years.

That's a crazy stat, and probably mostly coincidental. But I'm going to give him at least some credit for that.

I'll also never forget Game 5 of the Washington series 2 years ago. That was genuinely awesome.
This. That goal propelled them into an ECF, literally.... ( i know it was only game 5, but had we gone down 3-2, we'd be finished).

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Sather made the right move keeping him this yr . No better options and the team almost won it all.

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I thank him for his 4-5 clutch goals, and his Hurricane Sandy efforts. The latter of which I'll never forget.

Other than that, buh bye.

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Good past couple of years brad but in the end ur cap was to much for wat u brought and u were signed for far far to long... His legs were gone and then even if he had them he was very prone to random passes to no one or the other team

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Statement from Richards: "Tough last few days...I loved being a Ranger and living in New York..."

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Seriously I thought the Rangers should have bought him out a year ago.

He's well remunerated for his time here. Does he need a thank you too?

Anyway this year he had some good games. He had some bad games. Mostly he had average/mediocre games. He was pretty good in the first two playoff series--started going missing in the Montreal series and was absolutely awful in the Cup finals.

For his three years here--I expected a lot more. He didn't bring enough offense--even with tons of pwp time and had a hard time finding chemistry with any of his teammates. He had problems keeping up an average NHL pace. Defensively he was not good--somewhere between poor and average. I kind of pictured we were going to get a heady point a game player. He wasn't very heady. He made numerous miscues--forced way too many plays and a lot of them bit us in the ass. Just about the last forward I would have wanted on the ice protecting a 1 goal lead in the last minute of a game.

I get the leadership thing. It went missing last year in the playoffs but was there for most of this year's playoffs. Still part of leadership is doing it on the ice. As the playoffs went on he did less and less.

He made a lot of money from us--there's a lot more still to come. He took up a lot of cap space and didn't deliver satisfactorily. That's how he's going to be remembered. More than less he failed here.

Apart from that he seems to be a very good guy.
Bingo. Pretty much how I feel. Seems like a good guy, everyone in the room said he was helpful, but the on-ice performance was not that of a 1st line center and that's what Richards was signed to be. And I have no pity, the man earned over $31 million the three years he was here. Just another mercenary in a long line of them.

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Statement from Richards: "Tough last few days...I loved being a Ranger and living in New York..."
He can always keep the apartment here and hang out during the off-season if he loves NYC so much. Don't think the prices are a problem.

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Thank you Brad Richards......for showing up to camp in 2013 grossly out of shape. What kind of "leadership and "intangibles" message did that send?

The guy got paid a ton of money. Is still getting paid a ton of money from the Rangers. What the hell are we thanking him for?

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The Rangers won 9 playoff series with Brad Richards. Before signing him, we won 7 in the previous 13 years.

That's a crazy stat, and probably mostly coincidental. But I'm going to give him at least some credit for that.

I'll also never forget Game 5 of the Washington series 2 years ago. That was genuinely awesome.
It was 6 actually.

- Ottawa - Washington - X
- Washington - X
- Philadelphia - Pittsburgh - Montreal - X

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Thank you Brad Richards......for showing up to camp in 2013 grossly out of shape. What kind of "leadership and "intangibles" message did that send?

The guy got paid a ton of money. Is still getting paid a ton of money from the Rangers. What the hell are we thanking him for?
Hey, he made fun of Sestito during the WC = leader.

I'll give him credit for being what he was, a 50-60 pt center. Those guys don't exactly grow on trees. However, his bounce back and leadership prowess, get out of here with that.

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