Thursday, February 28, 2008

Richards does Dallas

Last night, it was Steve Bernier with the big debut in Buffalo, but tonight Brad Richards showed just what Dallas might have in their big deadline deal acquisition, potting five assists in his first game as a Star.

When you're playing for one of the worst teams in the league, a change of scenery would do anyone a little good.

From the team's postgame release:
  • Richards is the first forward to earn 5 assists in one game in franchise history.
  • Richards became the first Star to earn 5 points in a game since Mike Modano (1-4-5 pts) on 2/10/02 at Anaheim.
Not bad.

Richards played on a line with Niklas Hagman, who had a hat trick, and Antti Miettinen, two of the Stars youngsters who have really broken out this season with solid campaigns. That Tampa Bay didn't have anyone of their calibre on its second line speaks volumes as to why Richards struggled there this season.

Granted, it was only Chicago that Dallas beat up on, but I've got a feeling that, once the Stars are fully healthy, they'll be one of the teams to beat this postseason.

"I'm so happy to be a part of this," said Richards. "They've got a good thing going here. I went from looking like I'd be done the first of April to making a good run at (the Stanley Cup)."
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8 Comments:

At 9:47 AM, February 29, 2008, Blogger Sean said...

When you're playing for one of the worst teams in the league, a change of scenery would do anyone a little good

I can think of at least five guys who would disagree.

Signed,
Leafs fans

 
At 1:20 PM, February 29, 2008, Anonymous Eric said...

Good post, but "Braddie does Dallas" would've been a better title.

 
At 1:24 PM, February 29, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Chances James will call a grown man 'Braddie': 1 in 1,000,000

 
At 5:34 PM, February 29, 2008, Blogger Adam C said...

You could have gone with 'Bradley'...

 
At 8:54 AM, March 01, 2008, Anonymous sflower said...

"Pot" a goal, yes. But "pot" an assist?

 
At 9:40 AM, March 03, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Richards has been at the bottom of the NHL in the behindthenet stats all season long. Those stats are supposed to correct for teammate quality, aren't they?

Am I correct to conclude that the behindthenet stats don't do nearly enough to correct for teammate quality?

 
At 11:49 AM, March 03, 2008, Blogger Bruce said...

Am I correct to conclude that the behindthenet stats don't do nearly enough to correct for teammate quality?

I guess it's fair to say that some would draw that conclusion, Anon. It's a very difficult thing to measure, or to judge. Much harder than measuring actual results GF/GA while a player is on the ice, where Richards' performance has been brutal for the two years since he signed the big contract.

BtN has rated both Richards' quality of teammate and of competition slightly above average (+0.05 and +0.07 respectively). He did play with Lecavalier and St.Louis a chunk of the time in Tampa but when he played with anybody else he got clobbered. His stats 4v5 are also terrible.

Richards is a good hockey player, but the conclusion I draw from the behindthenet stats is that he's played a lot of bad hockey this season. Way too much ice time, esp. for a guy reputed to have been fighting mono. Tippett will do well to cut him back to 20 minutes a game or so. I note that he has already been on the ice for 4 goals against in his first two games in Dallas, all of them in the third period. Don't know what his comparable stats were in Tampa, but I do know the Bolts are the worst third period team in the league with 90 GA (net -30). No doubt quite a few of those minuses are on Rchards' personal sheet, and the obvious conclusion is that he was sucking wind by game's end many nights.

 
At 3:11 PM, March 03, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

The Behind The Net rating doesn't factor in qualify of competition or quality of teammates; it's simply a measure of goals for and against when players are on and not on the ice.

 

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