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It’s All About Performance

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Let’s be honest; hockey is a results-oriented sport and when athletes are paid a lot of money and aren’t pulling the weight it’s hard to hide (especially when you are being paid the really big bucks).

As a result, the likes of Ottawa’s Jason Spezza ($8 million), the Rangers’ Chris Drury ($8.04 million) and Montreal’s Scott Gomez ($8 million) are often the focal point of conversations about some disappointing aspect of their team’s season….

There are players, however, who are enjoying excellent great bounce-back years and are taking steps toward re-establishing themselves as players of note, including:

Brad Richards, Dallas Stars: Richards was one of the NHL’s best centres when he helped the Tampa Bay Lightning win the Stanley Cup in 2004—winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player in the playoffs along the way. In the wake of that success his game slipped to the point where the Lightning traded him to the Stars. Despite playing better defensively last season, Richards’ production dipped to 16 goals and 48 points in 56 games. This season Richards has nine goals and 35 points in 28 games as of Wednesday, good for eighth in league scoring…

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