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.”
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