SI’s Alan Muir Writes Good Things About the Stars…And Bad Things

Let’s get the “Bad” over with, since it’s not anything majorly bad.  Just tell me what’s wrong with the following sentence:

“Mike Richards’ return to form in Dallas has made him a Team Canada hopeful.”

Uhm, no.  I think you meant, Brad, Mr. Muir.  Just sayin’.

But he did mange to get a few things right.  Like how much B-Rad and James Neal rock.

With a point in every game and three consecutive multi-point efforts, Richards appears to have rediscovered the game that made him so dangerous back in Tampa where his slick passing and exceptional two-way play earned him the 2004 Conn Smythe Trophy.

“He’s a better fit for [Marc Crawford’s] style,” one scout said. “The faster pace brings out the best in him…that’s the kind of game Canada wants to play.”

As for the Real Deal, here’s what he said:

While it might be too early for a shot at the varsity, James Neal belongs in the conversation.

“He’s everything you want in a winger,” said one NHL executive when asked to name a dark-horse candidate. “Strong on the puck, dominates along the borads, he can finish, he can create chances, he can handle [defensive responsibilities].  He makes an impression every time I see him.”

You can read the entire article here.


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