Brad Richards Part II
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05-12-2013, 09:38 AM
HOPE & CHANGE
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: New York
Richards takes slumps hard, and this one is painful — particularly for a player who was the most valuable player of the 2004 postseason, when he led the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Stanley Cup.
His diminished production this year and his $6.67 million annual salary make him a prime candidate for an amnesty buyout when the salary cap decreases this summer.
Tortorella, Richards’s coach in 2004, has reduced his ice time as this series has progressed. Richards played for only 18 minutes 23 seconds of the 69-minute Game 5, and one of his two shifts of substance in overtime was as a fourth-line center for Arron Asham and Taylor Pyatt.
The Rangers are 2 for 21 on the power play in the series, but neither goal was scored while Richards was on the ice in his role as power-play quarterback.
“I think he’s made some plays there,” Tortorella said of Richards’s power-play work. “We need more.
What plays has Richards made on the PP?
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