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Tortorella says Richards struggles because he “cares so much”

Mar 3, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

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It’s no secret that Brad Richards has struggled this season with the New York Rangers. The team isn’t doing as well as they did last year, the offense is struggling, and they’re fighting to get into playoff position.

While Richards had a strong game on Thursday night with Rick Nash‘s return, Rangers coach John Tortorella offered up a different explanation for why his top centerman has had trouble this year as he shared on the team’s website.

“I think Brad played his best game of the season on Thursday,” said Tortorella. “He cares so much, and sometimes I wish he didn’t care as much because it paralyzes him a little bit. He allowed himself to play, and you could just see the flow in his game (Thursday). It’s encouraging.”

Of all the reasons for a guy to struggle, caring too much is up there as one of the more unique ones. That said, with the team playing the way they have, trying too hard can lead to mistakes and squeezing the stick a little too tight. Now that the Rangers are getting healthy again, maybe a few other guys can help Richards not care quite so much.

  1. rpiotr01 - Mar 3, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Or maybe it’s because he’s getting older and losing his skills. One or the other.

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Mar 3, 2013 at 7:55 PM

      I hope the next shot the rangers block hits tortorella right in the nuts and all the media members that sit through his child like media scrums laugh and laugh and laugh.

  2. seawurd - Mar 3, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Are these two holding hands in the showers ?

    • mattybo - Mar 3, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      I believe you meant cocks.

      -Sad rangers fan who doesn’t think Richards is fixed

  3. thegonz13 - Mar 3, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    There’s a new one… “He sucks because he cares!”

  4. seawurd - Mar 3, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Was this about Richards struggling or gargling before he swallows. And yes, the hand holding in the showers would naturally lead up to some wiener squeezing.

    • orangandblack - Mar 3, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      They’re only human

  5. sportsfan69 - Mar 3, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    It’s refreshing to hear some news in regards to the struggles of Brad Richards. We as fans don’t see what’s going on behind the scenes. Thus,it creates a perception that Brad’s game is done. As a fan, I appreciate a player’s hard and dedication to the team. That’s why I’m a fan.

  6. President Charles Logan - Mar 3, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    boy the rags got fed the ole fu*k sandwich with this contract… , i smell an amnesty buyout this summer

  7. newyorkislanderfancentral - Mar 3, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    I guess Drury, Gomez and Redden cared even more. LOL

    • handsofsweed - Mar 3, 2013 at 6:18 PM

      A standing ovation for you, sir. Well played.

  8. cameltoews - Mar 3, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Coming from an islander fan who’s team doesn’t even pay their rent.

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