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Matt Greene on Mike Richards: “He’s a stud”

May 5, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

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When Mike Richards came to Los Angeles last summer, he arrived with a reputation from Philadelphia that talked a lot about leadership. Sure enough, Richards is helping the Kings win he’s being called a big time leader once again.

Kings defenseman Matt Greene tells Rich Hammond of L.A. Kings Insider that Richards has been everything he’s advertised to be and more.

“He’s a stud. He’s everything, as delivered. He’s awesome, just the way he plays, the way he carries himself. He’s got a lot of leadership in his game. He’s a really good player. It’s pretty fun to see guys like that. We’ve got him and Brownie (Dustin Brown) up there leading the charge, in terms of, not only the skill set but the physical aspects and the grit. It’s fun to have both of those guys on the team.”

Richards being called a leader might give some fans flashbacks to the Flyers’ 2010 run to the Stanley Cup finals. While that team had a lot of things going for it, Richards was the engine that helped make it go. With the Kings, Richards is one out of many making it all work and that blend of talent seems to be doing just fine.

  1. hockeyfootball98 - May 5, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Good for Richie coming from a flyer fan i miss the guy.

  2. renberg19 - May 5, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Was always a fan of his grit and think the trade was needed for both sides.
    Miss ya Richards!

    Flyers Fan

  3. oside760 - May 5, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    not only is he a leader, but the word like to use to describe him is “clever”. he’s a genius and he knows everything that’s going on on the ice

    • oside760 - May 5, 2012 at 8:00 PM

      i like*

  4. bigoldorcafromvan - May 5, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    I have allways like Mike Richards. Now he is a King I like him even more. Philly held him back way too much. Go Kings Go

    • ml3939 - May 6, 2012 at 12:55 AM

      How did they hold him back?

  5. danphipps01 - May 5, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    So how’s Brayden Schenn working out, Philadelphia?

    • ml3939 - May 6, 2012 at 12:59 AM

      Very well thanks. Wayne Simmonds is doing well too, 28 goals this season. Both are young and promising. Holmgren will probably work some magic with the 2nd round pick too.

  6. eternalfan - May 6, 2012 at 7:07 AM

    we got grossman with the pick. simmonds alone outscored richie this year and grossman is taking prongers spot. schenn looks to be a very good player in the making. all 3 combined make about what richie makes so if u ask any flyer fan would u rather have those 3 or richie the answer is obvious. that said, richie is a great player, just not a vocal leader. good trade for both teams. it also allowed is to get bryz.

    • danphipps01 - May 6, 2012 at 5:06 PM

      Fair enough. I’m not sure the Bryz part’s really worked out so far, but you make a fair point as far as the direct products of the Richards trade go. I didn’t realize Simmonds had been as useful as ml3939 pointed out. That’s pretty impressive stuff, it has to be said.

  7. blomfeld - May 6, 2012 at 2:30 PM


    These comments by Matt Greene are just another example of the tremendous “esprit de corps” which is prevalent throughout our entire Kings’ team ! :)

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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