Yahoo is reporting that the Stars have traded for Brad Richards from Tampa Bay. The claim is that they’re trading goalie Mike Smith, defensive forward Jeff Halpern, and rookie defenseman Mark Fistric. All players I don’t think we can spare.
Who’s going to back up Marty now, when we head into the playoffs? An AHL goalie that’s played one NHL game? Who’s going to lead the checking lines against the top forwards and keep the penalty kill at the top of the league? Who’s going to step in for any injured defensemen during the playoffs?
And who’s Brad Richards going to play with? He’ll have a month to build chemistry with the forwards from scratch. Chemistry that the team has been building all season. Chemistry that will be altered by tossing another center into the mix, when we’re already overflowing with centers. Chemistry that will be altered when all the lines have to be rearranged. Chemistry that will be altered by a guy that is a minus-25 this season and a career minus-55. For what? 20 goals?
Hagman’s 20 goals aren’t good enough? Or Lehtinen’s? If he hadn’t been injured, he probably would be pushing 30 goals by now.
I guess being 2nd in the West in goals scored is not the same as being “able to score.” I guess being second in the league in the standings, and in winning percentage, is pointless without a famous scoring winger. Even though he’s (a) not that good a scorer, and (b) not a winger, and (c) makes almost EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS PER YEAR! For three more years!
They couldn’t even wait until the big Guerin-contract mistake was off the books before they started a new one.
Let’s imagine for a second, what this new contract will mean if the unforeseen (not by me) happens and Richards sucks and we’re kicked out of the playoffs again because we have no backup goaltender or enough checking forwards or enough line chemistry and then Richards turns in another year next year like the one he’s having now. Hmm. That couldn’t happen, right?
Doesn’t Big Trade Deadline Deal mean instant success? Let’s ask Nashville about their trade for Forsberg last season, or the Thrashers about their trade for Tkachuk, of all people. Hm. They didn’t win the Cup, you say? Somebody that essentially stood pat won it all last season? How strange.