Brad Richards – One thing that was lost in all the hype about Richards' unquestionable talents was his immediate struggles after signing his last huge contract, so here's hoping that history doesn't repeat itself there and compared to the Rangers' own recent woes with costly additions. The difference between Richards and guys like Chris Drury and Bobby Holik is that he's a legitimate first line center while those Rangers free agent blunders were hopeful top guys. That being said, if Richards falls on his face, he'll be just another of Glen Sather's Follies.
...yesterday, I posted that the heat was on Gaborik, now today the pressure's on Richards. I think it's safe to say that there will be enormous pressure on both these guys to produce this year.
...btw, don't like hearing Richards struggled out of the gate after signing his last big contract. Not as easy to get yourself righted in New York.
Also, Richards was a lot younger then, he addressed that contract when he signed remember. It was along the lines of,
" I remember I struggled when I signed my last big contract but now Im 5 to 6 years older and wiser."
Regardless I think Richie will be fine
Not sure what they mean by "out of the gate" but Richards ended up with 70 pts in the 1st year of his 5 year $39M contract with Tampa Bay, which was preceded by a 91 point season the year before. So I guess he struggled from an elite center to a very good one. Then again, the past means nothing now. Dallas and Tampa are not NY, he will either be wildly successful or an utter disappointment. There is no in-between for free agents that come to NY in ANY sport.
@TomUrtzNYR Great find on the Richards quote Tom. Thanks for sharing.
@gravey94 Great point on there being no middle ground.