Rangers radio analyst Dave Maloney played 657 games in the NHL and was the youngest player in Rangers history to be named captain.
Before the game against Ottawa, Brad Richards sought out Maloney and asked him how he dealt with struggles during his playing career.
Maloney said that the only thing that can really be done is to go out and play. Maloney then added, “He has been around long enough that he doesn’t need to get hung up in the fact that it isn’t working.”
Maloney then emphasized, which was backed up by Joe Micheletti, how much Brad Richards cares about the Rangers and finding a way to help this team.
Micheletti said that when Richards starts thinking too much his game gets thrown off by half a second and he loses his way.
Last night Richards started the game with Marian Gaborik and Ryan Callahan but also saw time between Chris Kreider and JT Miller as the game progressed.
He played over 18:30, had two shots on goal, one shot blocked, two that missed the net, two giveaways, two takeaways, three blocked shots and was 5 and 9 on faceoffs.
Richards also missed in the shootout.
He told the Daily News that he needs to be better with the puck and while he set up Marian Gaborik’s OT chances that were stopped and then hit the post, he doesn’t gain any “boost” since the puck didn’t go in.