Yep. Other than a World Cup and a World Championship, he's won every single thing possible to win. Very few players can say the same - especially when you're Canadian and there's almost as many arguments about who doesn't make the national team as who does make it.
People will give you long answers of everything he did right or wrong. The simplest short answer is Richards played an effective style of hockey that took a heavy toll on his body and is hard to maintain into your 30's as a hockey player.
I was also a huge fan of Richards for how hard he played the game. But that style tends to take a toll. Look at Callahan now. Can hardly stay healthy. The off ice issues really hurt Richards. What a shame.
That was a much better trade for the Flyers. Simmonds is a beast. And Schenn should be their captain over the overrated Giroux.
Said no Flyers fan ever. There's a thread on the Flyers board where more than half the people voted in a poll that Schenn isn't even a core piece of the Flyers. He will never, ever be the Flyers captain. I would be shocked if he ever wears a letter.
Simmonds and Schenn for Richards was obviously a great trade for the Flyers but the bolded is just laughable.
Kessel doesn't either, the difference is Richards playing style.
Kessel has an elite shot. Richards had an elite brain. Once his brain was gone due to concussions and drugs he had nothing. He couldn't receive a simple pass nor could he make one his final season with the Kings. His hand-eye coordination was completely gone. He'd get wide open shots in front of the goalie with no one around him and he would flip some weak floater because he couldn't even control his hands enough to get off a decent shot.
Richards was instrumental in the first win, and wasn't too bad in the second win.
The tarde is a win for LA if anything. given they have two cups and the Flyers have two first round defeats in the same time period.
The two firsts round defeats have nothing to do with Schenn and Simmonds. The Flyers haven't had the fortune of having a Conn Smythe worthy goaltending performance and an elite #1 defenseman on their roster.
No one is denying Richards' impact with the Kings before he fell off the cliff, but to argue team accomplishments requires considering players that have nothing to do with the trade. (Unless you want to argue that Richards singlehandedley carried the Kings to two cups and that Schenn and Simmonds have jointly ruined any chances of Flyers success)