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Richards has reached out to Tortorella, ‘but there’s been no talking’

Aug 26, 2013, 5:38 PM EST

Brad Richards AP

It appears the Brad Richards-John Tortorella relationship is still a tad acrimonious.

Months after the Rangers head coach made Richards a healthy scratch during the Stanley Cup playoffs, Richards told the New York Post he’s unsuccessfully tried to contact to his former bench boss.

“I reached out,” Richards told The Post. “But there’s been no talking.”

Tortorella, who was fired from the Rangers gig in in late May, appeared to have issues with Richards throughout the lockout-shortened campaign, all of which reached a head during New York’s second-round playoff loss to Boston, in which Richards was dropped from the lineup entirely in Games 4 and 5 after playing sparingly in Games 1-3.

There appears to be a new wrinkle, though.

The Post reports Tortorella thought “that Richards should have played in Europe during last year’s three-month lockout.” If accurate, this really accentuates how long (and deep) the rift between the two went.

In October 2012, less than a month into the work stoppage, Tortorella was already voicing his concerns about players losing their edge and the “mindset from the New York Rangers that defines us.”

After reading that, it’s not surprising to hear that Torts was irate that Richards — one of the veteran leaders of the team — failed to play overseas and keep in shape while fellow Blueshirt teammates (Ryan McDonagh, Carl Hagelin, Rick Nash) did.

Of course, Richards was just one of New York’s over-30 veterans that opted not to play overseas, along with Marian Gaborik, Mike Rupp and Henrik Lundqvist.

Of course, Gaborik and Rupp got traded mid-season…so yeah.

  1. jaredo10 - Aug 26, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Hes going to have a big bounce back year. As a Ranger fan I felt it was more of the system not his age. More focus on offense will deff show in his points this season

  2. icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 26, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    I think it’s best for both parties to breath. In due time, I feel that they both will reconcile and reminisce of the TB days.

  3. dfpoor - Aug 26, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    It was a LOCKOUT caused by management. Then management instructs their players to play on a foreign continent to stay in shape. Sounds totally idiotic.

    • 19to77 - Aug 26, 2013 at 9:22 PM

      Coaches =/= owners. If Torts advised his players to stay in shape, it wasn’t the owner cabal demanding the players stay fit while they try to take their money, it was a coach wanting his team to get a hot start out of the gate. The coaches weren’t any happier with the lockout than the players – they both lost money, time and opportunities, and gained nothing. They aren’t the owners and didn’t have a financial stake in the lockout, so don’t equate them.

      • ron05342 - Aug 27, 2013 at 12:12 AM

        The coaches are part of the management team, and as such, could NOT contact the players during the lockout. So you are absolutely wrong about Tortorella directly advising his players to do or not do ANYTHING.

        At all. Of course, that didn’t stop a loudmouth like Tortorella voicing his opinion in the media.

      • mathieug79 - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:45 AM

        …but they are NOT paid to do so, So Brad didn’t have to stay in shape, he should’ve stayed in shape, but Torts had no jurisdiction to tell him do this or do that. It was all up to the players…

  4. bronxsanman - Aug 26, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    I’m so glad torts is gone. Can’t wait to see what type of season’s guys like Richards, Kreider,and Nash have without those chains around their offensive abilities. LETS GO RANGERS! I can’t wait for the season to start.

  5. mathieug79 - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Torts will probably run the Sedins out of town… Now what NHL team can afford 2 – 6M$ contract? let the speculation begin..

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