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04-01-2013, 02:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Tawnos View Post
He played for Tortorella a long time ago. People change. Richards was a young guy still finding his way in the league the first time they were together. Now, he's an established player. A guys reaction to the same type of coaching can be very different at two different points in his career.

Avery isn't part of the atmosphere, but I think he is a symptom of it.
Richards could have gone anywhere just a year ago and he chose to go to a team coached by Torts. I really, really doubt that in the past year he went from wanting to play for Torts' team specifically to having such huge problems with the guy that he's venting to Avery about him. Further, of all people, Richards has the least to complain about. The guy has looked like garbage all season and Torts has been feeding him top 6 minutes anyway.

Also, Avery caused problems in Dallas as well. He's not a symptom of this atmosphere, he's just a guy with a particularly odd attitude IMO.

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