Sunday, January 14, 2007

The Lightning twins

I did a little ruminating tonight over at Globe on Hockey on Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards, two guys who have played together since they both posted a pair of 115-point seasons as 17-year-olds in Rimouski.

The really interesting thing — at least until this season — has been how Richards has outperformed Lecavalier, despite the fact he was picked 63 picks later in the 1998 draft. Richards had become the team's golden goose, the Conn Smythe winner in the 2004 championship season and the second-highest paid player in the league.

And despite taking in a half dozen or so Tampa Bay games this season, I can't quite figure out why, all of a sudden, Richards has been so awful and Lecavalier downright dominant.

Any ideas?


At 11:33 p.m., January 14, 2007, Anonymous David Johnson said...

Doesn't Lecavalier play with St. Louis and Richards doesn't? That certainly helps Lecavalier. That said, this really does look like a breakout year for Lecavalier. He's never had more than 33 goals and 78 points in his career but he already has 27 goals and 60 points which puts him on pace for around 45 goals and over 100 points.

At 1:03 a.m., January 15, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed. I attended the Lightning/Sabres game on Saturday night and Richards is playing with Ruslan Fedotenko and Nikita Alexeev. Alexeev was invisible and Fedotenko was only noticeable for the two times he tripped over the blueline after losing an edge.

Richards still came up with the winning goal and played well defensively from what I saw. And this is coming from a Sabres fan, btw.

At 10:57 p.m., January 15, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can think of 39 million reasons why, that buys a lot of lobster traps...


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