I see very little leg drive from Kopi. Very worried about the injury.
Look, I'm not interested in getting in a debate with you or Mondo. Quite frankly, I think both of you are 2 of the smartest Hockey fans I know of. But it's also pretty obvious to me that Mondo and it looks like you as well, don't have the same critical eye when it comes to Richard's game as you do for say...Anze Kopitar.
But I was going to ask if I was the only one who "knew" about 5-10 minutes into a game if Kopitar was going to be effective or not.
Other guys vary from period-to-period or even shift-to-shift, but I always feel like after seeing Kopitar's first two or three shifts, I can already determine whether or not he will score (or at least be a factor). Last night was for sure one of those "off" or "gloom" games.
second, what did i say? Kopitar's assertiveness has been the total of the argument from the start - he takes what he's given rather than dictate the offensive attack. it's ALWAYS been that simple of a breakdown. it's something that should be evident in when he's most effective and when he isn't... his play is night and day.
i can't remember who keeps posting it, but i continue to read this erroneous notion that Anze has/had a torn MCL... no, it was a sprain, and a i'm sure a quick net search will pump back myriad links to articles about his MRI. i realize he's wearing a brace, and initially, i thought a mulligan was in order over the first few games as he adjusted, but now as of tomorrow, he's about 5-weeks removed from that initial injury... and he still hasn't 'picked up' his game.
i can be plenty critical about Mike Richards, and the only real thing i've mentioned so far about any player was about his getting his lazy ass to the bench on a change that resulted in a penalty for too many men, was pretty much a metaphor for how he'd been playing overall up to that point.
i see him improving his play a little every game... same with Williams - guys who DIDN'T play during the lockout. i have yet to see any real 'game' coming from either Brown or Kopitar - guys who DID play during the lockout.
am i concerned? not a whole lot.
I also love Richards BUT when I chime in a thread that is negative towards Richards, he gets defended and it turns into another Kopitar thread.
I always laugh at a Richards thread, because it turns into a Kopitar thread. Much like a Kopitar thread inevitably turns into a Richards thread. It's like you're all Gisele Bundchen and someone is talking about Tom Brady. Can't you all just be happy that we have two excellent centers that bring completely unique games to the table and that, at any given time, one can take over a game by doing what they do? I'm sure that's too much to ask but a boy can hope.