EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Mike Richards was candid about not making Team Canada’s roster for next month’s Sochi Olympics.
“To be honest, I don’t deserve to be there,” he said, adding that teammate Jeff Carter does deserve it. “I was happy for him that he made [it], and he deserves to be there. He’ll do well. He’s made for that ice surface and for that team, and he’ll do well.”
Richards said he was a “little surprised” that Flyers captain Claude Giroux didn’t make the team.
“I haven’t seen his games … but just the type of player he is and how skilled he is, I know how hard he plays,” Richards said. “It’s hard to make that team just to begin with. To have that many
Canadians left off the team, you can make a point for five or six guys.”
The Flyers meet the Kings on Saturday afternoon at Staples Center. It will be the first time Carter has played against the Flyers since being traded almost three years ago and the first time both he and Richards will play on the same team against the Flyers.
He said the Olympics are “exciting” to him. He was an alternate in Vancouver in 2010. This time, he’ll play.
“It’s as huge honor and a lot of guys who weren’t there and could be there,” Carter said. “I wouldn’t want to be the guy picking that team. It’s something I am looking forward to. I’ve worked hard the last few years to put myself in a position to have a shot at it.”
As for Giroux, he said, “G’s play speaks for itself. The last few years here he has been an unbelievable player at both ends of the ice. I wouldn’t want to be the guy picking that team.”