Break-up day interviews: Tortorella, Richards


Let’s start here because this was the big topic, obviously. Brad Richards knows he’s being bought out. He’s a smart guy and a pro. John Tortorella talked about Richards, but wouldn’t answer a question about whether his long-time friend would be back. The video is above, but this audio clip is the entire Tortorella presser.

The news: Marc Staal said his eye and vision will never be 100 percent,  but is sure it will heal enough for him to be the player he was before the injury. Ryane Clowe wouldn’t say that he suffered a concussion, but obviously he did. Darroll Powe said he suffered a second concussion. Anton Stralman said his injury was a fracture in the face and a separated shoulder. Rick Nash was asked how he rated his playoff performance and said “good” and when the question was repeated for clarity, he said “good” again. Brian Boyle said “I sucked all year; I let myself down, let my teammates down, let the organization down.”

Henrik Lundqvist tap-danced around question about the final year of his contract.

More interviews, video, and info to follow.

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  1. Ralph from N.M. on

    Last post someone mentioned picking up Hossa if bought out. Hossa would never play Tort’s system . No scorer will ever flourish under Torts

  2. ThisYearsModel on

    CARP—Interesting that your impression from today is that Richards will be bought out and that he knows it. I think it says a lot. Do you feel that Torts evasive answer confirms that his Ranger career is over? Is it possible that Torts simply wore him out? Maybe he could not handle the pressure of NY? he did well in the playoffs last year, but they were also playing with house money. You called this when the contract was signed. There is a lot of work to do this summer.

  3. No, not even a little bit, ThisYears. Richards, as I have reported over and over, will be bought out. That’s not my impression. He will be. They have no choice because of his contract, the new CBA, the new salary cap, the recapture clause in the CBA, and his declining performance, the last part being the nail in the coffin. But even if he had a good year, they’d have to buy him out.

    Ralph, yeah, Gaborik scored 42 and 40. Lecavalier, Richards, St. Louis in Tampa.

  4. Ralph from N.M. on

    I realize the trade to get rid of Gabby was partially because he wasn’t resigning & we got something for him [ a good something ] But what does that tell you?

  5. leetchhalloffame on

    Clowe “doesn’t want to tell us what injury was.” Torts and his Belichek-like rules are a joke. This team needs to move on from his rule-with-an-iron-fist tactics.

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