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Brad Richards back in Rangers mix

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10:04 AM ET 09.29 | Friday night was a good time for the Rangers, despite losing their preseason finale against the L.A. Kings, 4-1, to remind themselves that when it comes to Brad Richards this season, they've put all their money on black. Derek Stepan's Thursday re-signing added depth, but it also re-raised last year's postseason dilemma of Richards' fit when fellow centers Stepan and Derick Brassard also are in the lineup. As Richards said bluntly early in training camp, he doubts the Rangers brought him back "just to sit in the press box," as he did to conclude last season's playoffs. So on Friday night, even though first-year coach Alain Vigneault had already watched two lifeless performances out of the Richards-Rick Nash duo, the coach reunited them and replaced struggling Chris Kreider with Benoit Pouliot on their left wing, affording Richards another opportunity to prove he can play effective top-six minutes. Richards, who played better Thursday in Vancouver with Taylor Pyatt and Mats Zuccarello, is wisely managing his slow early start by mimicking his coach's patience and not overanalyzing his own game early.

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September 29, 2013  10:19 AM ET

Looks like he's getting a chance to prove to AV what ol' three fingers already knows.

September 29, 2013  10:22 AM ET

Threaten to send him to To***to.

September 29, 2013  10:28 AM ET

You would think after they had a little taste, they would want to start off this year hot.

September 29, 2013  02:48 PM ET
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Threaten to send him to To***to.

Or ... better yet ..... Vancouver.

 
September 29, 2013  09:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Threaten to send him to To***to.

He came for a visit on his own actually and said I can't play in that heat, so he stayed in NY.....or rather they kept him.

Another Gomez kinda situation? Great at one point, then......not so good.....then real bad.....then waivers, or buyout.

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