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Why Mike Richards is a great captain

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Mike Richards celebratesThe debate rages on about young captains in the NHL. Vincent Lecavalier wore the C as a rookie, and it did not end well. Jonathon Toews wears the C as a 20-year-old, and he’s been a terrific leader for a dynamic Chicago club.

After 23-year-old Mike Richards was officially named captain of the Flyers this fall, Sam Donnellon on the Philadelphia Inquirer penned an entire story making the case for Kimmo Timonen. I have no argument that Timonen is one of the strongest leaders on this club, and the Finn is certainly the glue that binds the Flyers blueline together.

But if you want to know why Richards got the nod, watch this video. About 20 seconds in, you’ll hear the report ask Richards to describe what happened on his goal. Richards’ response?

“I didn’t score.”

Three words that speak volumes about Richards’ view on himself, the shootout, and scoring in the NHL.

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. John permalink
    Saturday, January 3, 2009 11:00 pm

    Man FF, how are you going to manage to stay awake for a second late Flyers game? 🙂

  2. John permalink
    Saturday, January 3, 2009 11:08 pm

    Oh, and did you hear Perry got suspended:

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=401817

  3. Sunday, January 4, 2009 1:33 am

    1. Dude, I am so ridiculously tired. And both games just had to go to shootouts. 😦 Ugh. At least we got some points out of these.

    2. I just saw that article – and maybe it’s wrong – but it made me really happy.

    3. I’m too tired to think. Going to bed. Night – FF

  4. John permalink
    Sunday, January 4, 2009 11:30 am

    Yeah, 3 points out of 4 on a West Coast swing isn’t bad. And you’ve still got the Atlantic lead, PLUS the Pittsburgh Malkin-Crosbys aren’t even in the Top 8 right now in the East. Man, can you imagine how many heart attacks there would be at NHL headquarters if the Pens actually /did/ miss the Playoffs? 🙂

    Not too much stuff of that nature posted on NHL.com is incorrect. And I would think they would have to know it was true before putting it up there. They aren’t a regular media outlet, like ESPN, who just posts random rumors to get people to click on the articles.

    • Sunday, January 4, 2009 6:44 pm

      Haha, I meant that maybe I was wrong to feel joy over another person’s misfortune.

      Although seeing the Penguins in the crapper is an even better post-Christmas gift . . .

  5. John permalink
    Sunday, January 4, 2009 6:53 pm

    Oh, well I don’t see anything wrong with feeling glad over an Anaheim player’s suspension. That franchise is plenty used to such things, if you know what I mean..

    And sadly, the Avs are also down the list, currently in 11th out West. Behind the Flames, the Canucks, the Wild, and even Edmonton. Not a good picture from my point of view. Sakic and Stastny can’t return soon enough! 😦

  6. John permalink
    Sunday, January 4, 2009 10:33 pm

    There must be some way I can force Granato to start Raycroft. That’s 3 losses in a row for Budaj.

  7. John permalink
    Tuesday, January 6, 2009 8:33 pm

    Well for the first time in two weeks, Raycroft is in net.. It’s 1-1 with under four minutes to go in the first period. Go Avs!

  8. John permalink
    Tuesday, January 6, 2009 10:25 pm

    Hey FF, wanna guess who won the game? 😉

  9. John permalink
    Wednesday, January 7, 2009 10:56 am

    Who knows.. It all depends on whether Granato is in “Idiot Mode” or not.

    • Wednesday, January 7, 2009 11:28 am

      Has Granato ever not been in “Idiot Mode”?

      Oh wait, answered my own question: any game where he actually played Raycroft. 🙂

  10. John permalink
    Wednesday, January 7, 2009 11:34 am

    Yeah, that about sums it up. Although I won’t fault him for playing Budaj during his {Budaj’s} hot streaks. It’s just that he doesn’t seem to be able to tell when Peter is no longer on one of those aforementioned hot streaks.

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