Originally posted on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 12/17/11
Dan Martin at the New York Post has this response from Brad Richards after John Tortorella sat him for nearly the entire first period Thursday night in St. Louis...

"It's been like that since I've known him," Richards said. "It's not a big deal. I have to be held accountable like everybody else. ... Sometimes it's good to get a little wakeup."

For Tortorella's thoughts on the benching click the "Read More" tab below.

Torts on benching Richards...

"He gets it. That will never be a problem with [Richards]. He understands his game."

Richards is pointless with a -3 in his last two games.

...Richards has gone into a little funk here, but great players find a way to fight out of it and Richards is a great player.

...one of the few problems I've had with Richards this season is his propensity to miss the net on golden opportunities.

...interested to see if Torts switches up Richards' linemates tonight. WOuld love to see Hagelin on one of his wings.

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