Well, I'm not over surprised, though still somewhat ashamed. Either way, no need to fly off the handle or jump off the ledge.
But I will say this. Addition can happen through subtraction. I honestly thought we played better without Richards in the lineup because Torts couldn't waste 20 minutes of ice time on his lethargic rear and players didn't defer to him as the defacto playmaker when he was on the ice/PP. I think amnestying Richards could make this team a little better, without even doing anything else. Yes, our center depth certainly takes a hit, but we were honestly BETTER when he was out. It's less of a distraction and it sends a message that there are no free rides. I'd be happier watching the team lose with a "depleted" roster (as in lacking center depth) than watching Richards trail stink all over the ice with him each night. Just get him out of here.