Originally Posted by baumer
I'm not a Richards fan at all, nor Gaborik. And I too feel that they are both lazy asses. But to strap their asses to the bench is wrong imo, at this point. You need everyone buying into the system. This is a sprint to the finish. So get them out there and even if they are lazy, they should still give you an opportunity to win. Now, if it continues, for much longer than 5 games, then do it. But this is too early imo.
I don't know, I watched Richards the entire time he was in Dallas (not to mention when he was winning the Conn Smythe with the Lightning), and he has never once struck me as either lazy or unmotivated.
If he's become that way in NY, I'm going to say there's something else at work there. I just think there are chemistry issues involved. It's not just one guy or a couple of guys. That entire team is not playing as well as they should.
12 H2H w/ daily changes.
Keep 6 (5 F/D, 1 D/G) Start 2C, 2LW, 2RW, 3D, 2Util, 2G
C: Getzlaf, Bergeron, Roy, Boyes (RW)
LW: Kovalchuk (RW), Vanek, Lucic
RW: Gaborik, Callahan, C. Stewart, Tarasenko, Chiasson
D: Yandle, Doughty, Goligoski, Carlson
G: Fleury, Varlamov, Markstrom