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What happened to Mike Richards?

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04-20-2017, 04:28 AM
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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.
Without a Spengler he ain't ****.

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04-20-2017, 07:03 AM
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Thanks guys. Interesting, I didn't realize he had off ice issues.
Not trying to be rude, but how? It feels like it was all the hockey works was talking about.

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04-20-2017, 07:15 AM
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Didn't take care of himself in the offseason.

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04-20-2017, 07:23 AM
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The Kings likely don't get past Vancouver in 2012 without Richards.

Richards set the tone in Game 1, and the Kings never looked back.

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04-20-2017, 08:08 AM
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Actually the real answer is he had a bad concussion at the hands of Hawks' Dave Bolland in 2013 and was never the same again.

And this was after he already had a concussion the season before too.
It's not like he didn't like to hit people in the head himself.

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04-20-2017, 08:32 AM
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He joined a lengthy list of players who, while smaller, played a physical style that took everything their body had to give.

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04-20-2017, 08:34 AM
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Some people can't handle having money in LA.

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04-20-2017, 09:26 AM
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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.
30s? He was washed up at 27/28.

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04-20-2017, 09:28 AM
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Drugs and alcohol mixed with being a super gritty undersized player. Those guys generally don't age well even without substance problems.

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04-20-2017, 09:35 AM
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Another he is as good as Sid bites the dust. When will they learn?

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04-20-2017, 09:38 AM
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with players like Kopitar, DD, Quick playing out of this world, Brown not being as terrible as he is. The flyers weren't going to win a cup with Richards. The trade was great for Philly
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.

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04-20-2017, 09:39 AM
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Didn't take care of himself in the offseason.
Kessel doesn't either, the difference is Richards playing style.

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04-20-2017, 09:43 AM
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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.

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He was a players who's heart and will to win out weighted his natural talent. He is a guy that got the most out of his body. He rarely took nights off(even on non-game days if you know what I mean).

Sportsnet went to his hometown for a broadcast and he was there and looked like he was happy. He mentioned playing rec hockey and having fun again. Good for him.

He was a warrior for the teams he played on.

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04-20-2017, 09:45 AM
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My favorite player in the whole league when he was a Flyer. Glad he got his cups, but man I hated seeing him go.

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04-20-2017, 09:50 AM
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Richards is Cannon?
Not getting enough love.

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04-20-2017, 10:11 AM
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Off ice issues more or less. Shame too during his career he was a pretty good 3rd line centre.

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04-20-2017, 10:27 AM
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Guy was a big factor in both our cup runs

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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.

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Some people can't handle having money in LA.
yeah, that's gotta be it. Look - it's happening everywhere!


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04-20-2017, 11:29 AM
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yeah, that's gotta be it. Look - it's happening everywhere!

Are you actually going to stand here and tell me the LA lifestyle doesn't sometimes go to the heads of the rich and famous?

Bury your head back in the sand.

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04-20-2017, 11:58 AM
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Kessel doesn't either, the difference is Richards playing style.
Kessel is in good shape. I doubt he spent every offseason partying. Play style is a crutch for Richards fanboys.

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04-20-2017, 12:00 PM
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Most players take a pretty steep physical decline once they get north of 29.

What happened to Richards isn't abnormal in the slightest

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04-20-2017, 12:03 PM
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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)

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Couldn't handle Peverley being Cannon 2.0

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