Posts tagged ‘Mr. Monthly Monday’

November 2, 2009

Mr. Monthly Monday: Brad Richards

by Chelsea

Mono. Shoulder problems. Broken wrist, broken hand. Combine all of these things, and you get one overpaid underwhelming center. Last season, we were quick to jump on Brad Richards. He didn’t play to expectations, seemed to be constantly unhappy, and apparently required a leadership role to feel comfortable with the team.

Now he’s (mostly) healthy and has started to look a lot more like the guy who won a Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe in Tampa Bay. He seems to really thrive in Crawford’s new system and finally looks like he’s finding a place on the team. From all accounts, he’s become an actual leader and is playing a big role in James Neal’s hot start.

In fact, Richards has a point in 10 of the 12 games he’s played in this season. He’s had 2 or more points in 6 of those games. That comes out to 33 goals and 80 assists (113 points) if he keeps this up for the remaining 68 games. As unlikely as that is, it means he could drop his production by 25% and still challenge for the highest point total in Dallas this season.

In the stretch of four games near the beginning of the season (Oct 6-14) when the power play was at its best (appr. 29.4%), Brad Richards had 3 goals and 5 assists. He had a hand in 3/5 of the power play goals scored. It would be very interesting to see what would happen to his point totals if the special teams started clicking again.

His 17 points are good for 11th best in the entire NHL, and his 12 assists put him in the top 5.

To put it simply… Brad Richards keeps up the good work, and the Stars will almost certainly have a chance to compete for this:

Lastly, for those of you that are not satisfied by this post and/or want to read about the pre-Dallas Richards, there is actually a Brad Richards book. For those of you that fit into the previous categories but not to the extent that you want to hunt down said book, there’s always his Wikipedia page.

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October 5, 2009

Mr. Monthly Monday

by Chelsea

Last season we tried out something called Mr. Monday, a feature that was supposed to be written every Monday, about different players and why we love having them on the Stars. It never really took off, mostly because we were both really busy on Mondays and always forgot to write it.

This season, we’re bringing it back, but it’s going to be on the first Monday of every month and we’re renaming it Mr. Monthly Monday. We’ll pick the player with the best SHR +/-  (or second best, or third best, until we get to someone who we haven’t written about yet) for the month before and do a feature on why they’re awesome.

Since we only have one game to go on so far, we thought we’d use this month’s MMM as more of a quick introduction.

We’ll have so much time in between Mr. Monthly Monday posts that we figured we’ll have to ramp them up a bit! That’s why this season, the posts will not only have all the usual stuff (why we think love that player, what they’ve done lately, fun facts, etc), but also a bunch of new things like custom wallpapers or graphics, our favorite pictures/videos, and more!

The first MMM will go up on November 2nd, so make sure to look for it!