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Richards questionable for tonight versus Flyers

Mar 5, 2013, 1:58 PM EST

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Rangers forward Brad Richards took to the ice this morning ahead of tonight’s home game against Philadelphia, but he didn’t last long.

Richards — who was crosschecked into the boards from behind Sunday by Buffalo’s Patrick Kaleta (who was suspended five games for the play) — “looked a little stiff on the ice, perhaps a back issue,” according to Newsday’s Steve Zipay.

It’s not clear if Richards will be in the lineup against the Flyers. Per NHL.com, he didn’t address the media following his early departure from the team skate.

In other club news, the Rangers have recalled forward Micheal Haley from AHL Connecticut.

Haley, 26, has nine goals, 12 assists and — perhaps most notably — 158 PIM in 56 games for the Whale this season.

  1. elemeno89 - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    wasn’t very questionable two minutes after the hit when he was smirking on the bench…

    • magicrat13 - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      ever get whiplash from a car accident?….initially your body is all shook up….then you feel relatively ok…then the next day you can barely move?

      i have and based on the hit i saw i would take a guess he is experiencing something ismilar…

    • buddysguys - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      also wasn’t hurt enough to come out of the game for a shift

    • stakex - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      Its called being a man and playing through the pain….

    • barkar942 - Mar 5, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      Ever been in a car accident? I have. Fortunately, I was ok and able to walk away and went to work all day. But, by 3pm I was so sore that I went home and laid in bed and could hardly move. Once the shock wears off, it hurts like crazy.

      • thomasvanek - Mar 5, 2013 at 3:56 PM

        Well good thing they weren’t driving on the ice

  2. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Never like to wish injury on anyone but this could definitely help the Flyers chances. And with a few games in hand on the Ranger the Flyers must win tonight (or atleast get a point).

    • stakex - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      Technically its the Rangers who have a few games in hand on the Flyers… but you’re correct that this is a much bigger game for the Flyers then it is the Rangers. If the Flyers lose, they will be a point behind the Rangers after playing three more games. Thats a bad place to be since they could be as much as seven points back.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 5, 2013 at 3:05 PM

        Yes my mistake. Flyers need the points.

  3. sjsharks66 - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Next time don’t dive into the boards. Then you will be fine.

    • magicrat13 - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      yes…that is EXACTLY what he did….

      NEXT!

      • magicrat13 - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:35 PM

        just to be clear, i was being sarcastic to sjsharks66 post….lol

      • ibieiniid - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:44 PM

        are you butthurt over your up/down ratio?

      • magicrat13 - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:47 PM

        actually i could care less what folks think of my posts…i don’t need the approval of some strangers on the internet…i might be pathetic, but not THAT pathetic….

        i simply re-read my post and realized it could be taken two ways….that and the fact there is no “rolling eye” emoticon to include…

        lol

      • ibieiniid - Mar 5, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        “re-read”, AKA checked his up/down ratio.

      • magicrat13 - Mar 5, 2013 at 3:13 PM

        yeah, i go back and re-read all my posts to see how anonymous posters feel about my opinions (INSERT ROLLING EYE EMOTICON HERE)…..

        wow….get over yourself…

      • spiciercheez - Mar 5, 2013 at 7:09 PM

        Well you sure care about other’s opinions on here….so it’s not that far fetched that you would care what people think about yours……

      • magicrat13 - Mar 6, 2013 at 6:53 AM

        exactly how are you so sure i care about others opinions on here?…wow….the only thing far-fetched is the mental leaps some people around here make…some people take themselves too seriously…lol

  4. ibieiniid - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    helloooo new facebook cover photo.

  5. dmccarrie - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Seriously, the reactions of some Sabers fans to this incident have been downright disgusting. I dislike the Rags as much as anyone but to suggest that Richards is faking this is pretty despicable.

    Way to show yourselves to be a bunch of knuckle draggers guys.

    • tfaltin - Mar 5, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      I’m not surprised. I went to a Rangers game at Buffalo last year with my girlfriend, the Rangers were up and Stepan got hurt. The reaction from the fans around me were to cheer the injury and smirk at me when I made eye contact with them (I was wearing my Callahan jersey). What I learned from that is, with some exceptions, the fan base lacks any class, as has been reflected in these boards the past two days.

  6. travishenryskid - Mar 5, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Richards pulled a Gus Frerotte.

    • ibieiniid - Mar 5, 2013 at 3:06 PM

      i also like that you spelled Frerotte correctly… after all these years.
      excellent reference

  7. valoisvipers - Mar 5, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    This is getting comical, then again I wouldn’t want to suit up against the Flyers either.

  8. basedrum777 - Mar 5, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    I’m not sure I buy being “hurt” two days after being fine enough to participate in the game. I guess its possible his body started to seize up after the game but skating around takes a lot of muscle strength and use. Did they have practice yesterday?

  9. mclovinhockey - Mar 5, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Lots of players play through injury, look at giroux. 2 broken wrists in the pens series, finished the series then played another series vs the devils.

  10. bufffalojoe - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    And the Oscar goes to….NYR Brad Richards

  11. h0ckeycoach - Mar 5, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Hehehe. Valois, something tells me you would suit up against any team. Even the BS bullies. Yes?

    • valoisvipers - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:09 PM

      Yeah, for the NHL minimum I would but I doubt they would play me as I would be older than Mr Hockey was when he hung them up.

  12. anthonykornheiser - Mar 5, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    the fact that these arguments are getting so many thumbs down means i should probably save my breath, but enough is enough already. “oscars” yes, the guy purposely went head first into the boards. He didnt practice yesterday and half of you clowns were saying “maintenance day” do you honestly think he would go to these lengths to prove a point over kaletta? and people talk about this guy as if the sabres are missing a key component, he’s garbage.
    Now Richards is potentially missing an impt game to keep up with faking everyone and all the doubters. Get a grip already. and one commenter keeps mentioning his “smirk” how do you even know what he was smirking about, someone could have made a joke or light of what happened or how he fell. Kaletta was already suspended, it isn’t like he has to prove he is even more hurt. Actually, IM wrong, a lot of you fans on PHT are doubting him. He caught wind of it and really needs to convince some of you. It’s sad when some of these names i know by heart because no matter the time, place or article they always have to comment and most of the time make no sense and bring nothing to the table.

  13. nicknyhc - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    The “Brad Richards injury conspiracy theory”:

    Richards decides that throwing himself head first into the boards in a 1-0 regular season game when his team is already on the powerplay is worth possibly breaking his neck and never walking again. He decides to use poor Patrick Kaleta as a scapegoat and eagerly awaits Kaleta to approach him from behind. He then proceeds to throw himself head first into the boards and squirms in agonizing pain, which of course was all a show. After the penalty is called he decides that going to the locker room would add credibility to his scam even though the penalty has already been called.

    After the game he bribes Ryan Miller to say during an interview that it was a bad hit that he doesn’t like to see in the game. Richards then calls up Mike Millberry and Keith Jones and bribes them to both agree that it was a terrible hit. The next day, to add further credibility to his story, Richards sits out of an important game against the flyers.

    Makes perfect sense, huh?

    OR….maybe Kaleta threw a bad hit. ;)

  14. blomfeld - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    THIS IS EXACTLY WHY GOLF HAS USURPED HOCKEY AS MY FAVORITE SPORT !

    Just like the old saying, a picture can tell a thousand words. I personally don’t care for the Rangers one way or the other (ie: except for the fact that they’re Sportfan69’s favorite team) and yet I find this imagery positively abhorrent! At the very least, that filthy swine Kaleta should be at Brad Richard’s side here, rendering assistance and offering words of compassion like “hey man, just relax and take it easy” etc. Hockey is nothing but a “simple” sport, not some “kill or be killed” bloody war! It’s almost redundant to say that were a golfer to accidentally strike down one of his playing partners with an errant swing of the club, then faster than Haley’s Comet would such golfer be at the victim’s side, rendering first aid and words of soothing compassion !

    Executive Summary: “Hockey Players = Common Boars” … while “Golfers = Class”

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