Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 5/9/12
John Tortorella wanted him, Glen Sather wanted him and the vast majority of the Rangers universe (media and fans) acknowledged he was exactly what this team needed last summer. Now, Brad Richards is proving the supporters right and the few (misinformed) doubters very much wrong. Richards has been far from perfect in his first year on Broadway and hell, Scott Gomez outscored him when comparing debut regular seasons but there is no doubting Richards’ impact on a young Rangers team in his first year. He’s every bit the leader that was hoped for. Clutch: Richards has come up big all year long as his nine regular season game winners show. He’s leading the team in scoring in the post season and is making crucial plays all over the ice. In the triple overtime win it was his feed that set up the Gaborik winner. It was Richards who came up big in game five with the goal and in the same game check the video for number 19 back checking and breaking up plays in his own zone. Richards, in short, is
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