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Brad Richards knows he hasn’t been good enough

Jun 13, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

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With the New York Rangers on the brink of elimination, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault gave forward Brad Richards a 2014 playoffs-low 13:20 minutes of ice time in Game 4. That decision didn’t come as much of a surprise to Richards.

“I haven’t been where I need to be this series, so my ice time has been lower,” Richards said, per Newsday.

“You go try to win a game . . . If you’re down 3-nothing, there’s something that has to change.”

Richards has no points and a minus-six rating in his last six contests. He has just 11 points in 24 contests in the playoffs.

This is the second straight year he’s underwhelmed in the playoffs. He also found himself in former Rangers coach John Tortorella’s doghouse during the 2013 postseason until he finally ended up being listed as a healthy scratch.

It hasn’t gotten quite that bad this time around for Richards and with the Rangers still down 3-1 against the Los Angeles Kings, he still has an opportunity to bounce back and maybe extend the Rangers’ campaign at the same time.

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  1. stepanup - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    If I remember correctly, three of his 11 points also came in game 1 against the Flyers. Take that out and we’re looking at 8 points in 23 games. For all the PP time he sees that’s not acceptable.

  2. billiam55 - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    def a buyout.

    • DED - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      Yeah, unless he single-handedly wins the next three games for the Rangers, he’s gone. Too many solid performing players to sign.

      • imleftcoast - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:00 PM

        It’s not even a question. The Rangers don’t have space for Richards. The priority will be signing Brassard, Kreider and Zuccarello. They probably want to keep Pouliot, Boyle and maybe Dominic Moore too. If Brad Richards can’t find a way to contribute in the SCFs, that’s just ridiculous at $6.67m cap hit.

      • stakex - Jun 13, 2014 at 5:27 PM

        Even if he did single handedly win the next three games, he’s still gone.

  3. rpiotr01 - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Most disappointing is that it seems like even with the season on the line, down 3-0 in a series, he wasn’t able to find his legs. No last push over the top. There’s just nothing left to give. He was instrumental in moving past Philly and Pitt, but has run out of gas since then. He’s made Sather’s job much easier.

  4. xdj511 - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Well good, at least he’s aware. He has been awful on the point on the power play, making bad decisions that have led to numerous turnovers. He is too slow to catch up to the forwards that intercept his ill-advised cross-ice passes. If the Rangers stand a chance they need to put someone on the point that at least isn’t going to end up hurting them.

  5. mshantz22 - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    I’m really disappointed in AV for keeping him in the top-6 forwards. Considering all of the players that are actually showing effort (Brassard, Hagelin, Zuccarello, D. Moore, Kreider) Richards should be the 4th line center and get no power play time. Not only does he not show much effort or legs, he is a defensive liability every time he steps on the ice.

    • doknyc - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      also would be nice to see him get a shot on goal on the PP, and not miss it a mile wide… thanks for your service mr richards, we’ll see you to the door now…

  6. tommydugan39 - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    We all go into slumps but brad Richards this guy is a cancer meaning he is bringing the team down again I guess it is age but he is not even trying. Maybe a red bull before every period and try to take the body or just get in the way of the other teams players and not your own. Buyout coming survey says brad Richards…. Step up pretty boy….

  7. stakex - Jun 13, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Wasn’t it just a week ago that the hockey media was talking about how great Richards was, and how him being a healthy scratch seemed like so long ago, and saying that a buyout was less likely?

    Well that was nonsense at the time, and it looks even worse now. If the Rangers had anyone else to put into the lineup at center, I would bet Richards would be out. He has been completely ineffective in the last two rounds, and absolutely horrible in the finals.

    Shouldn’t come as much of a shock though. Despite all the media talk to the contrary, his season this year was only marginally better than the disaster of last year. Just another area where so many people are eager to blame Torts for something….. but as we can see, Richards is the one responsible for his awful play last year and again this year.

  8. rupp246 - Jun 13, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    First, he needs to come off the power play. Second, he should enjoy his final days as a ranger.

  9. iowa02 - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Alright, I am ready to stir the pot. Soooooo…..Torts was right. Yep. Went there.

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