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Our last two years, in our first series, we’ve lost the first game. Obviously, we really wanted to come out with a good effort tonight.

- LA Kings center Mike Richards, on their Game 1 win over Vancouver.

See, this is why I love Mike Richards and was sad to see him leave Philadelphia. That first sentence — our, our, we’ve — refers to two seasons when he wasn’t even on the Kings! He wasn’t part of those years, series, or games, yet he (a) knew the history of the team, and (b) referred to that history in the first person. Total team guy. This would be like if your girlfriend remembered what you bought your parents for Christmas two years ago, even though you weren’t dating her then.

A report has surfaced that Mike Richards and Jeff Carter were traded because of their excessive drinking and partying, in particular their failure to comply with “Dry Island,” Coach Laviolette’s request that players commit to not drinking for a month. 
I think people have misunderstood the “Dry Island” thing. It was not about getting players to stop drinking; it was simply Laviolette asking Dan Carcillo to stop taking shots for a month.
(photo: AP/Matt Slocum)

A report has surfaced that Mike Richards and Jeff Carter were traded because of their excessive drinking and partying, in particular their failure to comply with “Dry Island,” Coach Laviolette’s request that players commit to not drinking for a month. 

I think people have misunderstood the “Dry Island” thing. It was not about getting players to stop drinking; it was simply Laviolette asking Dan Carcillo to stop taking shots for a month.

(photo: AP/Matt Slocum)