The price the
But some of my initial problems with
No, Richards can’t be slower than
Second-line center appears to be the spot for Richards, and my question is, why?
Richards has lost more than half his faceoffs the last three playoff seasons and was so abysmal against the
Then, after that tumble down the lines, Richards was paid about $20 million by the
Shaw centered Kane and Saad to produce the only reliably dangerous line the Hawks had at the end of their failed Stanley Cup defense.
Not that Richards isn't a solid playmaker, but Shaw worked in that spot because he doesn't need the puck. After the faceoff, Kane pretty much plays center on that line, and everybody else can go to the net. The rambunctious Shaw goes to the net like it's his birthright.
I figured Shaw would center Kane and Saad for, I don't know, 20 games, while Teuvo Teravainen got acquainted with the smaller North American rinks playing for Rockford.
We know Shaw and Teravainen can keep up with Kane because we saw it. Richards, not sure. Doubtful, even. If you watched the opening of free agency, centers were all the rage in the
Stastny was the center I wanted the Hawks to sign. He's 28, fast and dangerous. The Blues got him for $7 million a season. The Hawks didn't have that salary-cap room, nor did they make room.
So, the Blues got better, but at least the
I'd like to be wrong about doubting Richards' ability to fill a longstanding hole for the Hawks, but I won't be convinced until I see it next April, May and June.
Oh, and by the way, there is a potentially telling part of the Richards signing: He has played the point on the power play, which might come in handy if there’s anything to the