Posted 15 July 2013 - 03:08 PM
Richer was not some 4th liner though. He was one of our top scoring guys during that era along with Johnny Mac and Claude Lemieux. I don't think you have to be a dedicated historian of the team to know who Richer was. A player like Dave Barr I could understand 18-21 year olds running to the Devils history book when he was announced as assistant coach, but not Richer.
I get what you're saying to an extent, but that was just a few people you saw, and they may not have even been following the team that long.
Funny thing about Richer while he was here was that he was kind of quietly good, even though some of his goals were definitely of the dynamic variety. Lemieux is more popular because of his spirit and grit and his terrific '95 playoff run...the Devils winning the '00 Cup with him returning to the team cemented his legacy. MacLean was one of the old-time Devils who had to slog through the bad days and seemed to have to fight for everything he got, and his winning the Cup was almost like a birthright for him, like a validation of having to suffer through so many tough years (ditto Daneyko). Then you have Brodeur, Stevens, the Crash Line...somehow it almost feels like Richer gets lost in the shuffle a little bit, through no fault of his own. He had a terrific '95 playoff run too (led the Devils in points in both the '95 regular season AND playoffs, in fact), but ironically, if you could switch his '95 playoffs with Lemieux's, with seemingly EVERY goal by Lemieux hugely important...I think his Devils legacy would have been much grander in the great scheme. I think in an odd way, Richer seems less memorable, which is why his legacy isn't passed down as much as the Lemieuxs, the MacLeans, the Stevenses. I think, having scored 50+ twice, everyone from that era was always expecting and hoping for more (fairly or unfairly) than he ultimately put up.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 15 July 2013 - 03:09 PM.
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