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01-18-2010, 02:52 PM
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Originally Posted by NWO View Post
imo Richards is just trying to shift the blame to the media for his own short comings as a leader right now. It will be great if he grew up, hopefully, at some point soon. Until then he'll just come off as a complainer who cant deal with issues at hand. He seems to be a very sensitive guy. Grow a thicker skin. Concentrate on stepping up the play of yourself and your teammates.

It is a legitimate question and issue. We have read over and over about them getting back into shape for the new coach's system. Back into shape? What were you doign during the summer and training camp?
The timing of the question was wrong. They had just lost a game, and the reporter is asking questions about an article in The Hockey News that upset him. Richards even answers the question, as poorly timed as it was, but that wasn't good enough, so Richards ended the interview and walked away. The reporters followed him and pressed the issue.

The issue was raised six months ago, and according to the man who raised it-Paul Holmgren-is a dead issue.

Want to know what Richards did this summer? He rehabbed from double shoulder surgery.

As for getting back into shape, the system that Laviolette uses requires more intensive levels of work than the one Stevens ran. The same thing happened in Carolina when Laviolette took over the 'Canes from Paul Maurice.

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