Sep 12, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT
Brad Richards is confident he can bounce back from a 2013 season that saw the former Conn Smythe Trophy winner watching some of his team’s playoff games as a healthy scratch.
“I’m ready to start new and fresh and get back on track,” said Richards today, per the Rangers’ Twitter account.
“I lost myself a little bit last year. It was an uphill battle. I know I can play the game, its all up to me.”
Richards, 33, is entering the third year of a nine-year, $60 million contract in New York — a contract that many thought the Rangers would buy him out of this summer.
Instead, the club fired head coach John Tortorella and hired Alain Vigneault as its new bench boss.
Per The Record’s Andrew Gross, Richards said today that he not only lost confidence in himself, he also lost confidence in his coach.
The Rangers still have a compliance buyout left, so it’s possible they could bid adieu to Richards next summer, if he fails to rediscover his old form.
There’s audio of Richards’ interview here.
- Ouch: Wild reportedly suspend Harding for ‘non-hockey injury’ 4
- Keeping Kuemper: Wild sign goalie to two-year deal reportedly worth $2.5M 9
- Selanne regrets harsh words toward Boudreau 3
- Flyers’ Timonen admits chances of playing are ‘really slim’ 7
- Desjardins (a.k.a. not Torts) makes good first impression on Canucks 22
- Leafs deny rift between Kessel and coaching staff 20
- Injured Crosby, Malkin will miss start of Pens’ camp 10
- Selanne rips Boudreau in book 18
- Just how damaging are heated negotiations between Jackets, RFA Johansen? 38
- Panthers owners say they’re committed even though team has lost ‘tremendous amounts of money’ 12
- Heeeeeere’s Johnny! Davidson shreds Johansen’s agent for ‘baffling, nonsensical’ contract demands (62)
- Chiarelli: At some point, I’m going to have to trade a defenseman (56)
- Jackets reveal Johansen offers — including an eight year, $46M deal (54)
- Will the NHL publicize divers? (48)
- No icing on the PK? The USHL will see how that looks (43)