Gagne & Richards - A Flyers Perspective

Obviously having acquired a couple of the stars of the Flyers recent run to the Cup Finals, the Los Angeles Kings have a distinctly Philadelphia flavor in their game this season. But what does that specifically entail. For many of us, myself included, we’ve seen a good amount of both players, but rarely will we be able to get a perspective quite as up close and personal as the perspective from a fan.

In order to get that unique perspective, I’ve reached out to Eugene over at Broad Street Buzz to give us his perspectives on what we can expect from the both of them. So let’s take a quick look:

Simon Gagne:

Pro: Can score. Will score a ton if he’s got a good partner. His best years came with Forsberg setting him up. But he’s still good for a good amount of offense without a superstar like that dishing him the puck.  He cycles, he’s gotten stronger over the years. He never gets hit.  He plays defense, very well. you can rely on him in every situation. He’s very fast, using that to get on offense quickly, as well as getting back. Off the ice, I’ve never heard a single issue with him.

Con: None. The only problem is that he’s been hurt from time to time, so that may have slowed him down. If he can’t skate, he loses a ton of his effectiveness. But if he’s healthy, he adds a lot to the team.

Mike Richards:

Pro: He’s a monster. Decent on faceoffs. Tons of heart. Clutch goals.  He doesn’t pile on the points, but then again we’ve never given him the most talented linemates. He loves to hold the puck once in a while and make a brilliant play with it. You can never tell if he’s going to shoot or pass.  He’ll drop the gloves with anyone if it’s necessary. Don’t be shocked to see him fight Brandon Dubinsky when you play the Rangers.  It seems like they fight almost every game. He’s a PK specialist. He’s really, really, really good at reading passes and scoring shorthanded goals. He has 3 goals when down on a 5-on-3, which is an NHL record. He throws hits when needed. He’s pure hustle, all the time. He is a leader by example. He’s willing and able to do everything. He was my favorite player since Lindros, which is saying a lot.

Con: His biggest problems are with the media, and I mostly blame them. He just doesn’t talk a lot, and here the media had a problem understanding that. They felt that wearing a C on his chest automatically meant he should be a chatter box. There’s also stories of him and other young players going out a lot, but I never saw it affect his on-ice performance. But the media loved to play that up a lot anyway.

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