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Update: Richards misses practice after Cooke slew foot

Jan 20, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

From the New York Daily News’ Pat Leonard:


Richards, along with concussed defenseman Michael Sauer, were the only two Rangers not practicing this morning at their Greenburgh facility following last night’s 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh.

Richards’ injury isn’t the only fallout from the incident.

The alleged Cooke slew foot has come under some scrutiny — especially since Richards was shaken up on the play and logged just 2:38 of ice time in the third period — and was reviewed by the league, but reports indicate Cooke won’t face any supplemental discipline from the because it didn’t qualify as a “traditional” slew foot.

Another Update: From Andrew Gross of, here’s Richards’ explanation of the slew foot/trip.

“He came up from behind me and was besides me. He slew footed me. I don’t know what the definition of a slew foot is but I’ve played enough games to know what a slew foot is. It’s a cheap play. The league does what they do. It’s not the first time he’s done it.”

  1. miketoasty - Jan 20, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    I watched the videos and as most of the comments say it looked like more of just two guys running into each other awkwardly way to make a mountain out of a mole hill PHT.

    Also, if anyone watched the game last night you would have noticed that Richard’s was playing poorly which is probably why he was held to so few minutes in the final frame, not saying that the injury didn’t play some part into that but I don’t think that Tort’s is someone to keep someone out unless they are seriously injured or because they are playing poorly.

  2. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 20, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    cooke is the cleanest player in the nhl and ill put my money on it that hes the mvp in the stanley cup finals.

    • jpelle82 - Jan 20, 2012 at 1:59 PM

      you’re a moron

  3. jpelle82 - Jan 20, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    poor little richards sounds bitter over the ass kicking they got last night. he played the rest of the game and looked fine afterwards so if he wants to whine to the media the next day, it just makes him look like a bitch to me. was definitely not a slew foot though and the league agrees. richards was at the end of his shift when it happened and he was not skating with energy all night anyway. he might have been tired or just lazy on the play but he folded pretty easily which made it look worse than it was.

    • stakex - Jan 21, 2012 at 12:39 AM

      He only had 5 shifts after he was hurt by Cooke, and wasn’t on the ice when the Rangers needed a goal late…. you call that “playing the rest of the game”? Right. Oh, and just because the league didn’t suspend/fine Cooke doesn’t mean much. The league only cares to suspend people for headshots this year.

      Funny though how Pens fans come running out of the woodwork to defend the low life of the NHL… yet when Crosby ran into Steckle last year you guys screamed for blood for weeks. Typical Pens fans I guess.

  4. jpelle82 - Jan 20, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    new headline please Mike. how about “alleged slewfoot”, or “collision with cooke”. the league said it wasnt a slewfoot so dont pander to the whiny blue shirts

  5. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 20, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    “Richards is day-to-day but expected to return to the lineup after the league reconsiders its decision not to punish Cooke.”

  6. Stiller43 - Jan 20, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Richards is day to day with a bruised vagina after the beating it received from geno malkin and the pens. There, fixed it for you.

  7. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 21, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    sir, your a doosh. lets go pens!

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