Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/29/09 at 06:04 PM ET
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
Regarding scratching Petr Sykora last night, Richards said he was trying to put the best team on the ice. Still, he benched Sykora for Derek Boogaard, who only got five shifts.
On Sykora: “He is a proven scorer, but there’s so much more that goes to playing the game of hockey than just finishing.”
He said the coaches went over those areas with Sykora. But Sykora told us after the coaches haven’t told him anything. Richards said he expects Sykora “to be a professional” since this isn’t the first time he’s been scratched (a lot last second half with Pittsburgh) and “have the attitude of sticking it to the coach.” But Richards said the coaches haven’t made up their mind if Sykora will play tomorrow against the Rangers.
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