Larry Brooks writes that Brad Richards found out last year that he was being scratched in game four against Boston by hearing it from Michael Haley and Kris Newbury during a team dinner the night before the game. (NY Post)
Brooks says that Richards figured out that if both Haley and Newbury were playing, he would be out of the lineup. The next morning John Tortorella called Richards to tell him that he would be scratched for game four. (NY Post)
Tortorella, in repeatedly calling Richards a “hell of a hockey player” and someone that he “loves as a player and a person,” said that Richards was scratched because he didn’t fit on the fourth line and the centers on the top three lines had stepped up and were playing better than him.
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Brooks says that it’s essentially a “foregone conclusion” that the Rangers will use their second amnesty buyout on Richards. (NY Post)