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Brad Richards A Healthy Scratch Tonight

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That’s a lotta salary to be in the press box.
Quite a bit of chatter about the Rags and not playing for the coach/tuning him out etc, I’d be surprised to see Torts back next year.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 05/23/13 at 11:32 AM ET

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Curious thing is Richards has always said one of the main reasons he went to NYR was to play for Torts, and yet now they’re on the outs.

Posted by Chris M on 05/23/13 at 11:50 AM ET

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Brad Richards says he is not playing tonight. He said Tortorella called him this morning to tell him he stinks.

There. Fixed that to reflect the kind of “motivator” Tortorella seems to be.

Just try to imagine Babcock coming out after Game 1 of the Det-Chi series and saying, “Smith’s not out at important times because he stinks.” Instead, he simply said Smith’s teammates need to do a better job of supporting him. Now, that’s what a top-flight head coach does.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/23/13 at 12:15 PM ET

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Hockeytown, it should be apparent in the fact that Richards is a person and should be treated with respect regardless of salary. That is what Detroit does right. People have emotions, you can’t attach a price tag to someone and expect them to all of the sudden live up to some fantasy expectation.

Posted by Extreme Monky on 05/23/13 at 12:33 PM ET

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Tortorella is just a bad coach.

Posted by Primis on 05/23/13 at 12:40 PM ET

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Tortorella is just a bad coach.

Posted by Primis on 05/23/13 at 12:40 PM ET

The sooner Slats figures that out and actually gets a real coach, they’re never gonna get over that stagnancy.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 05/23/13 at 12:49 PM ET

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Cap hit seems reasonable but he was paid $12m this year. Most expensive healthy scratch ever er no? From the games I watched this year, I was not impressed with him. Lundy sure as hell saves that team though.

Posted by Tony Perkis from Drinking at Robert's Lounge with Billy Batts on 05/23/13 at 12:58 PM ET

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OTC, I personally think it’s sad that $6-7+million dollars isn’t a “motivator” in itself.. He needs a pat on the back too.

Well, you know, HTO, sometimes it does take more than money to bring out the best in a player. Guys like Pav and Z are obviously self-motivated. But others, like Richards and maybe Smith, seem to need a “vote of confidence” (or a pat on the back) from their coach.

Some coaches can do that and others can’t. Tortorella obviously has no talent for it. I think Babs does, although his approach only seems to work on Franzen at playoff time.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/23/13 at 02:06 PM ET

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But others, like Richards and maybe Smith, seem to need a “vote of confidence” (or a pat on the back) from their coach.

At the level these guys are at, that’s just BS. If you can’t bring your ass to work to do what you are paid for, stay home and someone will do your job for you. These aren’t 11 year olds playing little league baseball.
Smith needs the vote of confidence for playing less than he’s capable of as a rookie tossed into the fire that is the Stanley Cup Playoffs… Richards has a ring ferchristsakes.
Regardless of what Torts says to Richards, if he can’t play hard for himself and his team mates… to me that says a lot about what he’s made of.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 05/23/13 at 02:34 PM ET

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Richards came into the season out of shape. He was coming off an extended postseason (20 games 6 G 9 A). After a regular season 2012 campaign of 25 goals 41 assists.

I hope Holland makes some calls when he is bought out.

Especially if he’s only looking for Filppula’s reported salary demands…

Posted by d ca on 05/23/13 at 02:37 PM ET

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Dreger seems to think he can be had for $3 mil if he’s bought out, which would be a good deal for whoever lands him, IMO. He may no longer be the legitimate 1C that you inevitably need to win a Cup, but he can still be a very useful contributor I think

https://twitter.com/DarrenDreger/status/337596019778912257
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The NYR may swallow $24 mil for 14 years by buying Richards out, but there will be teams eager to sign him in summer for $3 mil per x 3 yrs.
11:48 AM - 23 May 13

Posted by Chris M on 05/23/13 at 03:01 PM ET

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Throwing money at people doesn’t solve relationship or emotional aspects of being a person. It doesn’t help people to be ruled by a fascist overlord. People rise to expectations, and people fail. It doesn’t mean you have to be a dick to them, that is how relationships and trust are ruined. That also means self trust which is important in any aspect of life, but very important with an emotional sport like hockey. The best way to hold accountability is by helping lift the spirit back up, not trying to destroy it.

Posted by Extreme Monky on 05/23/13 at 03:10 PM ET

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Sitting him now so he can’t get injured and throw a monkey wrench in their buyout plan after their season is done which can be very soon.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 05/23/13 at 03:53 PM ET

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Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 05/23/13 at 03:21 PM ET

While I agree with your estimation of motivation regarding professional athletes, Its a little tough to take that there isn’t something else going on with RIchards besides him just being lazy.  He’s a cup winner, and has been a dominant center for much of his career, even on teams with alot less depth than NYR.

So be it injury, personal issues or the possiblity that Tort’s system is terrible (a few other well paid players aren’t doing so well for him either), its hard to call him out as good for nothing when that hasn’t been the case throughout his career.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 05/23/13 at 04:05 PM ET

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I wonder how often all of this was said when Fedorov was in town?

Posted by HockeyinHD on 05/23/13 at 04:47 PM ET

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And not for nothing, but exactly when did John Tortorella become an expert on anything?

It’s always possible Richards has turned into a pile of gutless mush, I suppose.  It’s also entirely possible he’s hurt.  Or just having a bad playoff.  Or at the magical age where his game disintegrates.

Who knows?  I gotta love the ravenous dogpile of fans 1500 miles away waxing grandiloquent on the motivations of a player they literally didn’t see play this year until the postseason started, though.

You know how many times I had a Sargent chew me out?

Probably every time you misspelled his rank, which would also explain why you didn’t reach it.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 05/23/13 at 04:53 PM ET

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Posted by HockeyinHD on 05/23/13 at 04:53 PM ET

Wow, a new low for you HockeyinHD. I’m sure you are very proud of yourself after you got HTO like that.

Posted by All American in MN on 05/23/13 at 06:36 PM ET

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