Found October 26, 2011 on Kukla's Korner:
from Mike Sielski of the Wall Street Journal, ...But the notion that Richards will have to make some significant change to his personality or his play to adjust to New York seems a stretch at best. Yes, this is a rite of passage that every superstar athlete new to the city must undergo. CC Sabathia, Amar’e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Bay—they’ve all been through it. They’ve all been asked whether they can handle playing here. Sometimes—as with Bay, who has disappointed during his two-year tenure with the Mets—the player’s performance justifies those doubts. Richards, though, appears willing to embrace those expectations, and the possibility that he might not meet them. “He wants this challenge,” said Rangers coach John Tortorella, who also coached Richards with the Lightning. “It’s a great city. It’s a great sports town. There are different pressures coming here. There’s accountability that comes into play coming to a big market like this, but that’s why Brad Richards is B

Video: Brad Richards Interviewed By Kathryn Tappen Of NHL Network

… Richards is a great player with a solid head on his shoulders so this slow start is nothing I am worried about. The team, and Brad, will hit their stride and start clicking.  And when they do, watch out! 

Christensen Replaces Richards as First Line Center

Sadly, this is not a joke. Head coach John Tortorella switched the offensive lines up in practice again today (insert joke here), and in the process moved Erik Christensen up to the first line, where he centered Marian Gaborik and Wojtek Wolski. So, in place of the All-Star center in Brad Richards that was signed for an arm and a leg this summer, $925,000 Erik Christensen finds...

Rangers-Thrashers, er, Jets in review

“It’s pretty ugly everywhere at times now.” That was the quote from Brad Richards (on MSG Network), who said several times several different ways that the Rangers: A) survived themselves and a brutal opening schedule and B) are not playing particularly well, even if they are playing hard most of the time and C) got eight points in the bank, and those are non-refundable. ...

Lights on, Rangers' Richards is ready

John Tortorella believes so much in Brad Richards that he uses the veteran center as a barometer for younger Rangers. When second-year forward Derek Stepan earned his way onto the top line after two games, Tortorella said the 21-year-old was receiving the opportunity because he "gets it," because he understands how to play and carry himself as a professional at a young age.

The Reasons For Line Tinkering

The line combos, the line combos…it’s always the same complaint isn’t it? Since the advent of the internet I feel like I read the same complaints about the Rangers year in and year out. There’s always a stretch of games at some point during the season where either the fans, the bloggers, or the beat writers don’t like what they are seeing and the result is people crying...

Gaborik & Richards Broken Up: Hasty or Necessary?

By Alexander Monaghan President “]By Bridget Samuels from College Park, MD (IMG_8730.jpg) [CC-BY-2.0 ( licenses/by/2.0)This morning Katie Strang of ESPN New York reported, via Twitter, that Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards were not skating on the same line. Instead, the team’s newest free agent prize found himself between the heart-and-soul of the team...

Simple Hockey Still Rangers Best Best For Success

The New York Rangers completed a brutal seven game road trip to open their season last night with their win in Winnipeg.  While the play on the ice was far from pretty for the majority of those seven games, the fact that they came through a 3-2-2 record should be cause for optimism.  How long that optimism lasts will be up the play on the ice, which aside from goaltending...

Blueshirt shakeup coming?

When the Rangers signed him to a nine-year, $60 million deal, center Brad Richards was supposed to be the missing piece of the puzzle that fit next to right wing Marian Gaborik. So far, however, he has fit like a square peg in a round hole.

LIVE PREGAME SHOW: Rangers home opener at renovated MSG

Post columnists Mark Hale and Larry Brooks preview the Rangers' home opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs at noon today. The Rangers (3-2-2) and their big offseason acquisition Brad Richards will christen the newly-renovated Madison Square Garden tonight against Toronto after opening the season on a seven-game road trip. <iframe...

Rangers break up Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik

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First day in the new digs

Needless to say, the Rangers would have been perfectly happy coming home to the old arena after the trek they’d just completed. But to come home to the new lockerroom, new benches, and a one-third renovated Madison Square Garden for the home opener tomorrow, and for Brad Richards to be making his home debut, and for Ryan Callahan to be playing his first home game with the ...

Puck Headlines: Seguin’s hip; Richards drops; chicken vs. sumo

Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. • A parrot playing air hockey. Bet he chirps well. Having seen a little pecker-head play that well since _____. (In the comments, please.) • Interesting revelation out of Boston concerning Tyler Seguin:...
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