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by Paul on 10/25/09 at 11:38 AM ET
from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren defended Richards and called out Sexton, saying, “Randy should watch more hockey games.”
“It was a good hit,” Holmgren said. “I don’t see how they can (suspend him). Mike was doing his job. He was back tracking, he caught up to the play. His feet never left the ice. David Booth turned his head or it would have been a shoulder on shoulder hit. It’s a physical game and sometimes these things happen.
“Everybody in the league knows Mike isn’t a dirty player. He’s a player every team in the league covets.”...
Several Panthers were angered by the hit and said they thought Richards should be suspended.
“This is the same stuff we’re trying to put an end to,” Panthers defenseman Keith Ballard said. “He tried to hurt him. I understand it’s a split-second decision, but you’d think he’d have more respect than that. … He’s a good player and he plays hard and we respect that, but he did the exact same thing to (Thrashers forward) Colby Armstrong a few years ago.
Mike Richards is a good honest player, except when he does (stuff) like that and he’s done it before.
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