Brad Richards is a pretty class guy.
He’s been talking to the media about how Phil Esposito and Rick Dudley, both former Tampa GMs, were instrumental in Tampa’s winning the Stanley Cup this season.
Esposito and Dudley both created a strong foundation for current GM Jay Feaster to build on. Feaster deserves a huge chunk of the credit for bringing the whole project home, but it’s nice of Richards to acknowledge that building the Lightning truly was a team effort.
FULL DISCLOSURE: I just finished reading Esposito’s autobiography Thunder and Lightning: A No B.S. Hockey Memoir a few days ago. In it, Esposito talks about the horrible time he had bringing hockey to Tampa Bay. It wrecked his marriage and drained his wallet. So I’ve got some Espo on the brain.