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Former Rangers alternate captain Brad Richards and his Chicago Blackhawks defeated former Rangers captain Ryan Callahan, Anton Stralman and Brian Boyle to win the Stanley Cup.

For a lot more on Richards, click HERE.

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6/4/15? | 2:56PM: Pierre LeBrun says that Richards looks quicker this season and Richards admitted that part of that is not having people hang his contract over his head. (ESPN)

He said that he loved being a Ranger but his contract always hung over him and that now he has a fresh start without a feeling of having to justify his contract. (ESPN)

Richards said that he feels as good as he has in probably "3-4" years. (ESPN)

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Brad Richards makes his return to MSG tonight for the first time since the Rangers bought out his contract last summer.

Richards had 2 shots on goal, 1 attempt that was blocked and one that missed the net in 12:07 against the Rangers two Sundays ago.

On the Rangers this season, Richards said that they are a "good young team" that gained a lot of confidence from the playoff run last year. (NHL.com)

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The Rangers play Brad Richards tonight for the first time, in the regular season, since he was bought out last summer.

Richards has 9 goals, 23 assists, a plus two rating an average of 14:46 per game and a 49% faceoff win percentage.

He has one goal and five assists on the PP this season.

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Brad Richards said that the only thing about the Rangers that he is better about is that they didn't end up winning the Stanley Cup. (Daily News)

Richards said that he knew his buyout was coming even though he wouldn't talk about it and that his work in trying to resolve the lockout probably helped end his time in NY. (Daily News)

He said that he knew the Rangers had to move players because of the salary cap and he just tried to enjoy his situation the best that he could. (Daily News)

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10/2/14 | 7:05AM: Richards said that it will be nice to get some "weight" off his shoulders and that he put a lot of pressure on himself in NY and now it's "nice to get away from that." (Trib)

He adds that it's nice to come into a locker room that is already established. (Trib)

Richards also jokingly asked for the Chicago media to not be like the NY media and that he probably needed more than three-years to get used to them. Richards said that sometimes? (Trib)

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Brad Richards was on MSG during the Rangers/Blackhawks games:

  • Do you feel you belong yet, "not yet, each day gets better and better. I feel more comfortable with the guys. It was a quick transition to go from the heartache of losing the Finals to moving to a new team and new city, but a great team and great organization.
  • On Patrick Kane, "It's very important. I haven't played with anybody here in my career. Just with tendencies and feeling comfortable and having a good relationship with guys."
  • On becoming a dad,? "It will probably change me quite a bit. I am so excited. We are both thrilled and can't wait to meet the little guy."
Richards said earlier today that the writing was on the wall for his buyout with the Rangers having no cap room and the new rules for long-term deals. (Trib)

He added that it was a tough situation, in the playoffs, to be a big part of the team while also knowing he was likely going to be off the team in a week.(Trib)

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8/9/14 | 12:23PM: Mats Zuccarello was asked about the Rangers losing Brad Richards and said that he was a "vital cog" in the team, "especially off the ice." (Nettavisen)He says that Richards was a big help because of his experience and was a big leader in the locker room. (Nettavisen)

Zuccarello added, "It's clear he's going to be a loss." (Nettavisen)

He said on the day of the buyout that losing Richards is "a shame."

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Brad Richards says that he and Glen Sather had a good?relationship when Richards was in New York and that Sather was "great" to him. (Blackhawks)

He said that he suspected that the Rangers would buy him out and called it a business decision.?(Blackhawks)

Richards said that he has been very impressed with the attention the Blackhawks have in Chicago. Comparing it to New York, Richards said that when the Rangers are winning they get a lot of attention but "when it's over, it's over." (Blackhawks)

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To celebrate the ten year anniversary of their 2004 Stanley Cup Win, Brad Richards, Marty St. Louis, Freddy Modin and Tim Taylor are going to Scotland to golf. (Blackhawks)

Richards said that they will play 36 holes per day. (Blackhawks)

Modin, Richards and St. Louis were a line for the Lightning when they won the Cup.?

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Brad Richards was a guest on 670 The Score in Chicago yesterday and was asked about this past season with the Rangers.

Richards said, "this year we were in the Final, the writing was on the wall probably as soon as the lockout happened, just the way the contract was structured, the risk of me retiring early and the cap hit that they would have, I kind of knew it was happening but it didn't matter and it was still a good team that I wanted to play on this year and we made a run and almost won it."

He added, "It's nice to have big contracts and I am very thankful for that but it's also nice to get out of this one and kind of regroup and get a little bit of that pressure off you and I can go into Chicago with guys who are used to winning and, kind of, not under the radar but kind of come in with a different look and hopefully I can just get back to, you know, having fun out there."

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12:15PM:

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12PM: Richards was on The Game 87.7FM in Chicago:

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Pierre McGuire was asked on TSN 1050 on Monday morning what the market for Brad Richards is likely to be.

Pierre said, "Depends what his price point is, it does. For a lot of these guys who are older, that have had good careers but you can see they are on the downside of things, what their price point is will be the magic number for a lot of teams. If Brad prices himself right and he is dealing with some real professionals at Newport Sports with Pat Morris and Don Meehan and Mark Guy and the whole team, they do a great job.

He added, "If they price point him properly there will be significant interest because he is a specialist on the PP that can help your team. If you are looking for a lot of 5 on 5 stuff it will be problematic but if you are counting on specialty points, especially on the PP, it can work. "

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Darren Dreger was on TSN 1050 this morning and was asked about Brad Richards.

Dreger said, "One thing I will tell you is that I know Brad fairly well and I have talked with him a few times during this process and he is motivated beyond belief. He wants to prove to Glen Sather and the Rangers and all those that provided input in making this decision that he will land on his feet and he will find a home that wants him long term and he is going to give everything that hes got and be a better player. Now that motivation has to turn into reality."

Sather, in a statement, said on Friday "We would like to thank Brad for everything he has done for our team on and off the ice during his time here. This was an extremely difficult decision to make because of how much respect I have for him. Brad's leadership and guidance for our young players was invaluable to the organization. We are grateful to have had the professionalism and experience he brought as an example for our team to follow. Brad has been a very good player for us and an even better person. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.?

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The Rangers trade of Ryan Callahan in March left them without a player wearing the "C" on their jersey but Katie Strang says that Brad Richards assumed the role of captain even without having the letter stitched on his jersey. (ESPN NY)

Glen Sather agreed and said on media day, ?he has been terrific and I think he is acting as captain, a leader in the room and on the ice, great guy. I really can?t make any comments about what will happen in the summer. If we win the Stanley Cup, lose it, the decisions is something that comes later in the summer and he is with the Rangers and I plan on having him with the Rangers.?

Richards said that his experience and understanding what was needed made his ascension to that role easy. (ESPN NY)

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5:51PM: Brad Richards released this statement today about his time with the Rangers: (Rangers)

?Tough last few days ... I loved being a Ranger and living in New York and playing at MSG in front of great fans. I've met many new friends, excellent teammates and staff and I have memories that I will cherish for a lifetime. Glen Sather, the management and owner, Mr. Dolan, are all class acts. I want to thank them for letting me be a part of New York life and the Rangers family. With this decision finalized, I can now look forward to starting the next chapter in my career.?

Glen Sather released this statement today about the Rangers buyout of Brad Richards: (Rangers)

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Carl Hagelin and Mats Zuccarello are in Norway for a charity game that Zuccarello put together and the two were asked about the Rangers buyout of Brad Richards.

Hagelin said that the buyout has nothing to do with Richards as a person or player and everything to do with the salary cap. He says that Richards is an "amazing" guy who has helped him a lot. Hagelin said that it's "sad" but how the business of hockey works. He said that Richards won't have trouble finding a job. (VG)

Hagelin said that the Rangers were "forced" to make this move to be able to have enough money to sign players like Zuccarello, Anton Stralman, Derick Brassard and Benoit Pouliot. He says that now these players can "get what they deserve."(VG)

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12:27PM: Brad Richards has been bought out by the Rangers (Pierre LeBrun)

Richards has six-years left on his deal with a cap hit of $6.67 million.

  • For all mentions, dating back to last year, of Richards being bought out, CLICK HERE.
If Richards were to retire when his salary dropped to $1 million in the final three-years of his contract, the Rangers would be hit with cap penalties of $5.66 million per year for however many years were left on his deal when he retired. (Cap Geek)

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Brad Richards says that he is planning to play in the NHL for the next six or seven years and would like to continue to do so in New York. (Daily News)

Richards said that potentially being bought out of his contract is out of his control and that he loves his job and loves playing hockey every day. (Daily News)

  • Richards is under contract for six more seasons after this one and with a cap hit of $6.667 million per season.
  • His salary drops from $7 million to $1 million for the final three-years of his deal.
Richards agent Pat Morris said yesterday that Richards understands the situation is out of his control and that the Rangers have not disclosed their decision yet. Morris added that if it was a hockey decision the Rangers would likely keep Richards but since it may be a business decision they may not.

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During the time frame of 2002 to 2006, according to Raw Charge, the Tampa Bay Lightning featured a line that had Brad Richards centering Marty St. Louis and Frederick Modin.

The line has been called one of the best in Lightning history and also "Torts Binky" for his reliance on the line.

  • St. Louis and Richards were the top forwards in terms of ice time at 20:34 and 20:25
  • Modin was fourth in forward ice time with 18:11
Modin played in front of the net while Richards and St. Louis created space and lanes for each other.

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12:10PM: Brad Richards' agent Pat Morris was a guest on Hockey Central at Noon today on Fan590.

Morris was asked if he has spoken with Richards since the end of the season and said, "yes, quite often."

Morris added, "He is a veteran and was through all of this last year when the world thought he would be bought out last year and everyone is expecting it to be automatic this year. His name isn't on the waiver list today and effectively it doesn't have to since he has a no-move. His head is that he can't control anything. He had a strong season, would have finished first, second or third on I think 22 teams in the league. He accorded himself well in the playoffs as the semi-finals ended and they went to the Finals and people were exalting him as a great captain of the Rangers and one of the reason they are in the Final. After game two he is an automatic buyout because he had, to his own accountability, a poor game and ended up on the fourth line. That is in the Rangers hands and they haven't disclosed what they will do. I know they are meeting on various issues and have a lot of decisions to make. A hockey decision I think they keep him, a business decision they may not."

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2:04PM: Alain Vigneault said that the team has not decided what will happen with Richards. (Dan Rosen)

6/16/14: 1:36PM: Richards will not meet with the media today. (Andrew Gross)

6/14/14: 3:43PM: In game five against the Kings, Brad Richards played 21:26, had an assist, had four shots on goal, one shot that was blocked and three that missed the net.

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6/16/14 | 12:11PM: The buyout period began at 12:01AM this morning. Players need to be placed on waivers for the intent of buying them out unless they have a No-Move Clause at which point it occurs without waivers.

Richards has a no-move clause.

6/14/14 | 10:36AM: John Shannon tweeted last night that the window to use a compliance buyout opens on Monday June 16th just after Midnight. (Sportsnet)

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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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8:50PM: Richards comments today, via the NHL, are below

8:03PM: Alain Vigneault said today "First of all, Brad's a team?first guy. I mean, as a coach, and especially at this time of the year when you don't get a lot of these opportunities, sometimes you got to make decisions that might be a little tough to make on a personal aspect. But on a team aspect, you have to.

I just felt that certain guys were playing a little bit better than Brad. You know, that's the way it is."

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In game three against LA on Tuesday, Brad Richards played 16:03, had 3 shots on goal, 1 shot attempt blocked, 2 shots that missed the net, 3 giveaways and 6 and 2 on faceoffs.

Brett Cyrgalis wrote in the NY Post that Richards struggled to help the Ranger,s struggled to contribute offense and made some "glaring defensive gaffes." (NY Post)

It was the second straight game where Richards had three giveaways.

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Brad Richards spoke with Scott Oake on Hockey Night in Canada last night (CBC):

  • On how last season ended and what he expected this year, "probably the last thing I expected was to be in the Final. It was a tough finish and had to really regroup and was looking to get back to playing normal hockey again and letting everything else take care of itself."
  • Did you worry last summer if you could be an impact player again, "May and June was bad but once Summer came, it was the first time when I could sleep and not think about hockey. I knew that if I put in a hard work summer that I could still play int he NHL and that to be at the level of play I need to be at and am expected to be at it was going to take a lot of work and just forget about hockey for 6-7 weeks."
  • On the 10 year quest to get back to the Stanley Cup Final, "it's crazy. Two other teams since then, being traded and a free agent. This could be the last time that I ever play for a cup. You want to enjoy it and realize the largeness of it and importance of it and cherish it and look around and look at your teammates and enjoy it because I was searching for that feeling again, years later that feeling of butterflies in your guy all day and not knowing if you will sleep that night and all that stuff you are complaining about when you are in it and you would give anything to be back in it and in those ups and downs and roller coaster rides. We are back in it now and there is no better feeling."
  • What were the odds you and Marty St. Louis would be in the Stanley Cup Final again, "it's crazy that all this happened so quickly. I'll be honest, the last couple of months and being together it's like the ten years didn't happen and everything is the same just different faces around us."
  • On being the same Brad from Murray Harbor, PEI, "just being in Murray Harbor, it changes you for those couple of weeks you are home and seeing your family and the iives that they have there. When you go home, it's not about being an NHL player, it's about the kid they knew growing up and everyone wants to hang out and it's so special and I just Brad and I love going back there."
  • On winning in New York, "I'd be lying if I said it didn't come across my mind to win it in the best city in the world where it's hard to even fathom what could happen if you are a champion in that city. Original six and all that history. You let it creep it and then you get back to work."
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Brad Richards was a minus three on Saturday in game two and evoked some memories of his lack luster play from the playoffs last year.

Alain Vigneault said today that Richards and his whole line need to be better tonight, are good at self evaluating and he expects them to have a bounce back performance.

Vigneault added that he "knows Richards is going to respond real well, I'm confident that's what he is going to do."

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Last night against the Kings, Brad Richards was a minus three, had three shots on goal, 3 giveaways, was 8 and 12 on faceoffs and played 21:23 in the game.

By period, Richards ice time was:

  • First: 4:40
  • Second: 3:56
  • Third: 4:59
  • OT: 5:42
  • Double OT: 2:06
He also saw 5:16 on the PP during the game.

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Brad Richards said on Sunday that being in two conference finals in three years and getting a chance at the Stanley Cup has shown that he made the right decision to sign with the Rangers. (Newsday)

Richards aid that he wanted to play for a team that had a chance to go deep into the playoffs every year and that has been accomplished so far with the Rangers. (Newsday)

Arthur Staple writes that Richards has assumed the role of captain without taking the letter "C" on his jersey. (Newsday)

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In speaking about the leadership on this Rangers team, Brad Richards said that there is no difference to the Rangers not having a captain and that if something needs to be said or done at this time of the year it is done. (NY Times)?

Richards has consistently been referred to as the "de-facto" captain of the Rangers for the role he has taken since the trade of Ryan Callahan in March.

Marc Staal said that Richards and now St. Louis have been preparing the players game to game. (NY Times)

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On TSN Drive today this afternoon, Dave Naylor asked Bob McKenzie about Brad Richards and what his future may hold after this season since the Rangers could use their final compliance buyout on him.

  • If Richards were to retire before his contract expires the Rangers would be hit with cap penalties that can vary depending on the season he retires. (Cap Geek)
McKenzie said, "the fact that he has played as well as he has will give them pause to consider but the sense I got a year ago, when they decided not to buy him out was that it was inevitable they would buy him out the next year for that very reason, that unless he is playing like one of your top two centers and doing it in such a fashion that you believe he will keep doing it for another 2-3 years and that you are obliged to buy him out. I don't know if what has happened this season in the playoffs is enough to take that risk and maybe weigh it against where the cap is going and saying that maybe we can absorb this a little better because the cap was set to look like it was going to rocket up but now with the Canadian dollar it has tempered those expectations a bit. I think there are a lot of considerations there that we are not privy too on the financial side."

Richards has six-years left on his deal with the Rangers but his salary per season in the final three years of his contract drops to $1 million.

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Brad Richards joined Kathryn Tappen on the NHL Network:
  • What did you do with the days off, "I got out of the city with my fiance and we went to the country and had a nice night and day off and enjoy the slow pace and hear the birds and get away from the cabs and the sirens to regroup."
  • On coming back against Pitt, "when you are in it you never know what will happen. We had a good long meeting after game four, players only, about not looking at the big picture and about getting the momentum and a good period and we knew that that wasn't us in the game we played and to at least give us a chance to test them and see where everything goes after that. You get some momentum and it's amazing how it carries through the team."
  • On Marty's mom and something changing with the team, "it's a tough week, sitting on a runway in Pitt and it's a helpless feeling for us and even more for him to get that news when you land. It's hard to talk about it, we rallied around it and it's an unfortunate thing and it probably brought us closer to Marty, being on a new team it felt like he was with us more and seeing him come back and play game five it galvanized the group and to not worry about the downs or worrying about game four and that attitude carried into the next game."
  • On Montreal, "a lot of the same situations we are going through. The way they are coming together as a team, you can see the closeness of the group from a far and that is what happens at this time of year. They are having a ton of fun and they just beat the best team in the regular season and the favorite to come out of the east so they are coming in with a ton of confidence that they could beat anybody right now and they have an unbelievable crowd at home that we will need to quiet and get a win there. It's a whole group effort and that is why they are still there."
  • On Game sevens, "I think everybody tries to bring their game up in game seven, I have gotten some bounces and fortunate to be on great teams doing that. Great goaltending on both teams and being on the right side of it. I won some early and then you picture good things and it's a lot easier to answer questions on a run like that. You win as a team and I have been on good teams and they have been amazing days."
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On MSG, Brad Richards spoke about the level of frustration the team is feeling after tonight's loss.

Richards said, "We might be frustrated right now but it does no good, we are in the middle of a series and out of the three games we have played two real good ones. We can be frustrated a little bit because we didn't get it done tonight but really, we get some sleep and build on the fact that we have played some good games in the series. We are going to score, that is gonna happen and when we do we will get momentum and be alright."

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6:35PM:? Rick Nash spoke with John Giannone on the Rangers bench and said:

  • On the first goal, It?s huge, we want to get off to a good start but whatever happens we wan to keep our composure.
  • On game seven, It feels like you have played all 82 games for this one. It?s an exciting time
  • On his game, ?You want to help the team win. It would be good to get a goal and get on the goal sheet
3:33PM: Brad Richards and Marty St. Louis met with the media today to talk about game seven (Rangers):

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Brad Richards joined Mike Francesa on WFAN at 4:25PM:

  • On the goalie change for the Flyers, "We probably expected to see him this year. Not a whole lot of difference. He catches the other way which is an adjustment but it's the same game plan. We need a lot of traffic and a lot of pucks at him and to feel uncomfortable."
  • On anything different from the Flyers, "I don't know exactly what their plan will be but I think we will see their best game of the series and I don't think we have seen that yet even though they beat us in our building. I think we will see their best game, they feel that they need to win this coming back to MSG. We need to come prepared and can't be as undisciplined and get away with it and rely on blocked shots and Henrik making big saves. We need to stay disciplined, play whistle to whistle and go at them as best we can."
  • On the shot blocking, "That is a good thing about this team, most of the guys, the core guys have been here and can go back to that when needed to be. If you want to win in the playoffs you will need to block shots at some point. It was good, you play a game and each one is presented differently and sometimes you are up and special teams is presented that night. We were up by two and they had a lot of PP time and we were scratching and clawing to stick to that 2 goal lead and we didn't want them to get momentum and we came up with some really big blocks down the stretch."
  • On the chippy Flyers, "You would imagine that they will want to score goals and play hockey because in the end you win by putting the puck in and keeping int out. In a playoff series all this stuff happens, the team that can stay even keel and disciplined comes out on top. In game one we were good at that and we need to get back to that attitude and play hockey and when right at them.I would expect them to do the same but emotions get high you don't know what will happen."
  • On Marty St. Louis, "he is fitting in. He wasn't a hired gun for two months. He knows that he was traded for the captain and will be here more than two months and it adds more pressure because you know you are coming back. You want to make a good impression.? It was a lot on him but we were winning and the more you get to know the coaches and your teammates...and he has been one of the best players in the world in the last 10 years and it will come out. You will see the best of him eventually. It was good to get that clean slate and start new in the playoffs and you can see that he is gaining confidence everyday."
  • On the pressure coming to the Rangers, "I was told about NY and it's still, I know the Rangers aren't the Yankees or Giants but it's still NYC and the Rangers have been around almost 100 years. You want it and people talk and tell you and until you go through it, it's tough. Marty experienced it early and the fans will let you know and you really need to learn how to block it out and have the self belief that tomorrow is a new day rely on your experiences and Marty got through that and I was the same way. It's a learning experience but that is why we wanted to be here, it can go the other way and be just as fun."
  • Do you just put it out of your mind, "it's hard to do but eventually, the biggest thing and I was lucky to spend time with Mark Messier last summer and he spent time with Marty as well last summer and it's good to talk to Marty about it when he got here, it's not like other markets, you can't worry about anything other than what is going on in the locker room, what your teammates think of you and your coaches if you start reading into what media and all the fans or what fans are thinking our what you hear, it's just a waste of energy and takes away from what you should be concentrating on and I think that is part of learning to play in New York. I think, you see the guys who do well here they are even keel and go about their business and it's a new day and you have that self belief and keep moving on."
  • On what is good about AV, "he is very calm, even keeled guy. He leaves a lot of the locker room to the veteran guys and Torts didn't do that, everyone is different, he was in there more and in your face more. AV kind of oversees things but lets his leadership and assistant coaches talk it over and have a voice and he trusts that the guys will listen and make adjustments and he doesn't need to be in there pounding your face. Through the ups and downs and it's been a steady message and he hasn't lost faith or panicked. We had some trying times at times this year and we have played good hockey since Christmas. It took a while to get his message and to do what he wanted to do, especially defensively. We want to man on man instead of zone and that took some work but through it all there was no panic and he uses the depth of the team and everyone feels involved and I think that has benefited the group."
  • What makes a good PP, "I think the biggest thing, any good PP I have been on, there isn't a lot of changes in the groups. We have had two groups this year that have been pretty much exclusively together. That builds chemistry and it has been like that and no one is getting changed in the middle of the game and going out in a different role, maybe one time you are in front, maybe one time on the half wall....guys have their roles. We have had great net front with Kreider, he is hurt now, and Pouliot, you know there will be a net front presence. When you have the point shots you know there will be a net front. We worked on it all year and when we are successful we are shot first. It may take 3-4 shots, maybe they get blocked, maybe a save but it causes so much more problems for the defense because they don't know where rebounds are going and we are good at retrieving pucks and that opens up the fancy plays later. We have really concentrated, Scott Arniel has been telling us to pound the puck and there is always a net guy and even if it goes off the end board you can't read where the puck is going."
  • On the PK and going on the offense, "there is a fine line and a time where we use the saying, you need to punt the ball and start over. We used some offensive guys this year and if an offensive guys sees an opportunity he will think more offense and I think that is why you have seen more scoring and when a guy like Nash or St. Louis they are probably going to take more of a chance to go do that."
  • On the new playoff format, "I like it because if you beat someone you know who you are playing and preparing is right in front of you. We kind of know that the road...you know you will have to get through Pitt or Columbus and you don't get a Boston or Montreal until later. You know the path and I think it's great for fans, living in America you know how big the NCAA brackets are, it's a good thing for everybody."
  • Do players pay attention to what Giroux said, "I didn't even know until the media scrums today. I wouldn't expect him to say that they plan on losing....maybe it is a bigger deal in Philly, we don't bother with it and just move on. I would see more if I was watching another sport, but when you are in it you don't pay attention to it."
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In game one against the Flyers, Brad Richards had a goal and two primary assists in 19:03. Richards had 6 shots on goal, 3 shots that were blocked and 1 shot that missed the net.

It was Richards first three point game of the year and, from the Rangers, "the last time Richards tallied three points in a playoff game was a four-point effort (one goal, three assists) in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Apr. 27, 2008, as a member of the Dallas Stars. Richards has recorded four power play points (three goals, one assist) in his last four overall contests."

When asked how Richards felt compared to his playoff time last year, he said "I don't need to talk about last year, I'll talk about tonight. I have had lots of good years, I don't need to talk about one bad one." (SNY's Nick Licalzi)

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Brad Richards joined The Michael Kay show at 4PM on ESPN Radio:

  • ?Can you believe Don was 15 min late to the game, "I can believe it in this city."
  • On last night, "we wanted to get a good start on home ice. When you get a home ice, to get the first win and get some momentum, you know that the road team is going to come in and try to steal one so it was good to get one in the bank but really it means nothing more than a win at this point, we have moved on and expect game two to be a much tougher game."
  • On puck possession, "that is a great way to keep them from getting momentum and keeping it out of our zone. It starts with winning faceoffs and transition and keeping the puck down in their end is more tiresome and that is always the game plan. To get it and go north/south real quick so we can get their D men turning and it's been working for us and we aren't going to change it in the playoffs."
  • On Henrik Lundqivst not making too many saves, "if we can only give up 15 shots a game we will be very happy. I'm sure he was glad to have a night like that but we know that in this series he will have to come up big and they have good players and that would be a perfect scenario. It will be much tougher in the next game."
  • On what has changed in ten years with him and MSL, "I think the game is different, I'm not saying we can't play together. It's a lot more skating now, the main thing we try to make it work so much that we got in each others way and it was good that we got away from each other and sometimes when you want things to work too much and he wanted it too work too much and me being a good buddy and being here, I wanted it to work so much. I think we got in our own heads a bit and it was good to get us apart and find our own games in the last couple of weeks."
  • On the Flyers trying to play chippy, "After we are up 3-1 there were some penalties but before that we had to kill a big one right before our PP goals and right before that it was pretty even. There was some 4 on 4 play. I know there is a lot made out of it but before that high stick, it's a 50/50 chance and we got on the good side of a break. When the game got 3-1, 4-1 it got a little chippy but if they score on the PP to start the third they are up 2-1 and it's a different night. I didn't see a lot of it. I'm sure they are trying win hockey games and not think about the other things. It's about who puts the puck in the net more at the end of the night."
  • On being discipline and having the puck, "I think both, we always stress discipline and we have a lineup that can play discipline, straightforward hockey and we want to keep the puck and when you have the puck you are usually in better positions in all areas of the game. It has to be better tomorrow and every game in the series will get ramped up and they will be more desperate and keep our feet moving and that will give us a better chance of not being in the box."
  • On the playoff motto, "The Steven McDonald award that Mats Zuccarello won at the end of the year, he said something on the ice before he presented the award that was "above and beyond" and that is the motto of the NYPD and it's what "above and beyond the call of duty" and it's why the award is given and every year you try to get a motto of something that happened during the year and that seemed to be something that the guys wanted to stick with."
  • Does this team believe, "For sure we do, I know that I have been in the league long enough to know that 15 teams also feel good. Whether they do or not it starts with us and we have to believe and if we don't believe we have no chance. This is the most confident group that I have played with in NY, we don't want to test the waters, the young guys have been in it and why not us and we feel we played some good hockey since Christmas and we want to keep it going."
  • Do you feel better than last year, "I think last year, most years in my career I have tried to pride myself on being ready, I think last year with the lockout, I just lost a little bit of what I was trying to do. You get ready and shut it down, get ready, shut it down and if I could go back and change things I would the blessing in disguise was that it made me work harder and honestly I can't wait to work with the people I worked with last summer again this summer because I believe I can get even better off the ice. I always try to pick a positive and that was a great thing for me to regroup and to try to train even harder."
  • Go to Malibu and train with Chelios, (laugh) "I will stay away from Malibu."
  • Did you play with a chip on your shoulder this year, "I think it's tough to do something all season, I think last summer it was a great motivating factor and I never thought of taking a day off because I knew I had to get off track and to take it as a positive and there are certain things even going into last night there are things in the back of your head, like last year, and you want to remember the good things that I did in the playoffs and to put a chip on your shoulder."
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4/15/14: 10:26PM: Brad Richards tells Larry Brooks that last season the potential that the Rangers could use an amnesty buyout on him was on his mind a lot, "consumed" him and "it took over my whole situation, to be honest about it.? (NY Post)

This season, Richards says that it's been in the back of his mind but not weighing on him or impacting his game in any way. He adds that he has no idea if a decision has been made or which way the team may be leaning as he hasn't spoken with anyone in management about it.? (NY Post)

Richards says that he wants to play well in the playoffs not because of anything with his contract but because he is hungry to win another Stanley Cup. (NY Post)

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Brad Richards met with the media after the Rangers morning skate (Rangers):

  • How important is it to finish strong, "it's very important and we are still playing for things. It's the last home game of the season and we want to take care of business and we are still playing for home ice. It's an important week to get work done."
  • On wanting home ice, "I think it's important. In playoffs everything is so tight and it's a different animal than the regular season. Matchups, faceoffs, when you can have last game and if it goes to the all important seventh game, to have last change so it's important and we are going to go for it."
  • On the team, "it's a good week to get ready, you are always working on chemistry. You can always be better with different things. You don't know with injuries what will happen and it's important to have guys playing with different players because in the playoffs you never know what combinations could happen. When you get into the playoffs, the PP is good to work on now, we are putting in a lot of work and emphasis on that to be at the top for when we start next Thursday, Friday or Wednesday when we start. It's an important week and to try and get on the same page."
  • On game 7 and home ice in 2004, "we had two that year, Philly and Calgary where we had home ice and we felt in control in both games on home ice. Even here, Ottawa and Washington my first year, I remember more the Washington series for some reason and it seemed like we had way more jump, got a goal early and got the crowd into it.'
  • On withholding injury info, "If I am injured I am not telling anybody where I'm injured, I would rather not. I don't know if it's a target but if someone knows something is wrong they will come after you a little more and certain areas is part of wearing people down. They will come after you anyway and it's not the first game it's the seventh game where the first game stuff catches up to you. That is the game plan that every team has and it's been like that forever. The more you hit a guy, maybe by the 7th game there is something to it, sometimes there isn't and it gets people into the game and wakes them up. That will never change, it's part of playoff hockey, wearing the opposition down."
  • Are you talking with Marty about 2004 as the playoffs get closer, "no, we haven't done a lot lately. We have done a lot over the last 10 years. We haven't done it here, guys would get pretty sick of it."
  • On Marty coming to the Rangers, "I think, I said it when he first got here, every day he will get more comfortable. If you are a rental player you could come in and be relaxed because you know you might not be signing there, if you don't perform you will go somewhere else. But when you know you aren't here for just two months it's a different animal. You know you will be here in the summer, next year and trying to fit in more than if you weren't. I think that slows the process down a little and that is just human nature. Everyday that goes by he will get more comfortable. It's impossible to come in and feel perfectly comfortable. Scoring and getting points helps but coming to the city everyday, coming to the rink, little things that you don't have to worry about in other cities, things will become more natural and he will be himself. Being on the road so much in March helped him get to know the guys a bit and with the playoffs, that will up his excitement and hopefully we will all be on the same page.
  • On Marty being the same in the locker room, "He is still pretty quiet in the room because he is still trying to find his way and his voice and the tendencies of what the room are. It's ...when you are somewhere comfortable you won't be the same jumping into the something new. That is just human nature. Everyday will be different."
  • On neutral zone play, "It's not like football where you start in the neutral zone. It could be how you forecheck, are you above the puck, are you getting caught taking a bad angle. When we are playing our best we have a good, tight, 5 man unit in the neutral zone that they have to keep it to the outside and we can get turnovers and jump them. When it's not good, we have too much space, whether the D aren't with the forwards and they can pick between that or one guy is too far and now they have one guy caught and it throws the other four guys get caught out of position because if one guy gets beat then the next guy tries to make up for it and the next guy and a domino effect. When we are playing good we are on the same page and we know how to back them up and try to smother them. Every team has a way of doing it but it's about if one guy makes a read that you don't expect, how do you recover the right way. It's a split second decision and sometimes you create gaps that make it easier for the opposition too come with speed and hope someone helps you out somewhere."
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Was this like a playoff game, "Obviously they were playing looser than the playoffs will because they have nothing to lose and are kind of on their last legs. It was a little more open tonight but we got down by 1, didn't panic, took control of it, worked on our PP, which needed some work, yesterday and that came out today and did a job for us. Overall it was a good nights work before next week."

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6:38PM: Richards said on MSG before the game, "if you really need it and it?s nagging injuries or something that could effect you in the playoffs but if it is just rest for the sake of rest. I don?t think many players will do that. They want to go in on a high note and you can always be better"

9:34AM: When the Rangers play against Carolina on Tuesday night they will be in a position to clinch a playoff spot or have already done so if the Devils lose to Calgary on Monday night.

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