Posts Tagged ‘Mike Richards

02
Apr
11

FLYERS: Laviolette Downplays Leadership Issues

FLYERS COACH DOWNPLAYS LEADERSHIP ISSUES

…There’s no doubt in my mind the Flyers miss Chris Pronger and Jody Shelley on a consistent basis in that locker room. When their both back, maybe the team’s in-game focus will increase, but it seems to me like veterans Mike Richards, Kimmo Timonen, and Danny Briere aren’t having as much effect as Pronger and Shelley clearly did earlier in the season.

I’ve said time and time again: Chris Pronger is the Flyer the team can LEAST afford to lose, and, unfortunately, my point is being very much proven over these last few games.


01
Apr
11

FLYERS: PostGame – Reaction

Paul Holmgren:

 

Mike Richards:

 

Kris Versteeg


 

07
Mar
11

FLYERS: Quote – The Thoughts on Adversity Being a Kick-Start

“I’ve answered this probably 40 times this year. You have some sort of quote on your microphone. We had a 10 [game losing streak] two years ago. Last year, we had some. I’m not going to keep answering the same question every single year.”

Mike Richards to Sam Carchidi post-game earlier today.

 

…Usually I get mad when Richie ignores questions or is an asshole to reporters, but in this case I understand. The team is in a slump, it’s a bad slump, and there really hasn’t been a sign that it’s going to just disappear at the snap of their fingers. That being said, there aren’t many lineups in the league that can throw out a unit like the Flyers can, and I fully expect them to continue to contend for the top spot in the East. Whether they may have allowed teams to creep back into the race or not at this point, now that’s a whole other topic – and hopefully something we don’t need to revisit down the line.

02
Mar
11

FLYERS: Quote – The Chemistry Will Come

It’s about going out there and trying to get some chemistry going, and I feel it’s coming along. We’re starting to use each other really well, and the scoring chances are there. Something should be going in, and I don’t know why it’s not. But as long as you’re getting chances, I don’t think you should worry too much.

– Kris Versteeg on his lack of success so far with line-mate Mike Richards, today in the Philadelphia Inquirer

 

…I’m not really too worried about it, Kris. Versteeg was not brought here to be the team’s leading scorer, or even a top-3 offensive proponent to this squad. He was brought here to essentially duplicate the role he had with the Chicago Blackhawks, and I have very little complaints about him so far. Sure, you want guys to score when they are playing with players like Richards, but it just needs time. Versteeg is a good player, and eventually the bounces will come. It’s all about developing that chemistry: something that certainly will benefit Steeger and the Flyers in the long run.

01
Mar
11

FLYERS: Issues w/Laviolette’s Power Play Approach?

FLYERS’ MIKE RICHARDS CRITICIZES COACHES FOR POWER PLAY CHANGES

When the powerplay is struggling, that’s obviously going to frustrate everyone. The two units that Whyno says are the finalized groups in this piece sound good to me. I would personally like to see Versteeg play a little more on the man advantage, but if I know Lavy is all about making his players earn their stripes and Steeger still has yet to do that.

Regardless, they need to get it together on the PP, because it could prove to be their undoing come playoff-time if they continue to suffer with the man advantage.

02
Feb
11

FLYERS: Briere Not at Practice; Rolly Had No Traffic in Front of Him

From practice today, via @SWhyno :

…Well, that’s not good. My guess: a maintenance day. Remember, Briere didn’t have an All-Star Break, per-se.


And, from last night, courtesy of @BroadStBull:

 

…Ya think? Roloson played a great game, but there’s no doubting he saw nearly every shot the Flyers threw his way. That has to change, because that’s not the way the Flyers play hockey – let alone a way in which this team can be successful.


15
Jan
11

FLYERS: Three in the Top-50 for Fantasy – NHL.com

MIDSEASON TOP-50 FANTASY HOCKEY RANKINGS

…I’m not really all that much of a fantasy hockey guy – I prefer Fantasy Football – but it’s cool to see three of the Flyers players in the top-50 amongst the entire league. Mike Richards (29th), Jeff Carter (34th), and Danny Briere (43rd) all make appearances. While I don’t really keep track of my fantasy team, I always only draft Flyers players, so I guess I’m doing well in my league because I know I have all three of those men on my team.




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