Monday, August 08, 2005

Who Is Richard Park?

In somewhat of a surprise move (well, I was surprised anyway), the Canucks signed RW Richard Park to a one-year contract worth $750,000.

To be honest, I haven't paid much attention to Park in the past. I know he scored a couple of big goals in the playoffs (one against the Canucks in game 7), but other than that, he hasn't really stuck out. I figure he was signed to play on the second or third line. He's a bit on the small side, but is quick and possesses some good puckhandling ability. And seeing that he played for Jacques Lemaire and the Minnesota Wild, he must be fairly decent defensively.

The Canucks now have a surplus of similar players - Cooke, Ruutu, Bouck and Park all play the same kind of game (some more irritating than others). It can even be argued that Chubarov and King belong on that list.

So who's on the way out?

posted by J.J. Guerrero, 11:11 PM


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