The Rangers website reports that Brad Richards did not practice the day after he was violently boarded by Patrick Kaleta.
However, in a piece of good news John Tortorella said that Richards will be fine and no one has been recalled from the Whale making it likely that Richards will play against the Flyers tomorrow night at MSG.
Arron Asham (back spasms) was also absent from practice.
…at least initially this is awesome news. After seeing Richards throw his gloves off while he lay there in agony I immediately anticipated the worst.
Meanwhile, the dirt bag Kaleta spoke about the incident (via Buffalo News)…
"I’m going to keep it as limited as I can, but I’m just sorry for the position I put the team in trying to kill that penalty. I feel for that, for putting the penalty killers out there and them getting the two goals. It makes me feel like a bag of garbage after seeing that."
When asked if he had a message for Richards, he paused and simply said…
"I’m fine for right now."
…so Kaleta is sorry for hurting his team, but not for almost paralyzing Richards. And that's all I need to know about what kind of animal this guy is.
Above picture courtesy of the Rangers.