Found May 23, 2013 on NY Rangers Blog:
While it's really not all that surprising considering his performance and lack of ice time in the playoffs, I'm still in shock to read that Brad Richards will be a healthy scratch in Game 4 tonight. According to Katie Strang at ESPN.com, John Tortorella called Richards at home this morning to break the news to him. Richards admitted he was surprised and disappointed with the decision, but added this (via ESPN.com).... "Nothing's over. Work harder and try my best to not let it happen again." ...wow! Torts has known Richards for a long time, I can't imagine this was an easy decision. But it's the right one. Thought Torts would at least have the chutzpah to tell Richards to his face. ...despite the scratch tonight, I still believe Richards will be back next season. The Rangers have committed too much money to Richards that I can't believe they would give up on him based on one terrible lockout shortened season. Give him a chance to ...
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