Brad Richards

Richards made a healthy scratch for Game 4


Brad Richards will be a healthy scratch tonight when his New York Rangers face elimination at Madison Square Garden versus the Boston Bruins.

Richards — he of the nine-year, $60 million contract signed less than two years ago — told reporters that New York head coach John Tortorella called him this morning with the news he wasn’t playing.

Skating on the fourth line, Richards, 33, played just 8:10 during Tuesday’s Game 3 loss at MSG. That compares to the 22:14 he played in Game 1 of the first round versus Washington.

In 10 playoff games, Richards has one goal and no assists.

If you’re curious — and lots of people are — a Richards buyout would cost the Rangers $24 million spread over 14 years.

Welcome back, Babs: Red Wings chase Bernier

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Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.

His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.

As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.

The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.

This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.

Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.

Blue Jackets’ Wennberg done for night with upper-body injury

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It wouldn’t be a regular season game without a Columbus Blue Jackets injury, right?

OK, the Blue Jackets hope that 2015-16 looks different from the medically challenged mess of last season, but at least one player is banged up tonight.

Alexander Wennberg suffered an upper-body injury and won’t return on Friday, as the team noted.

There’s no word yet regarding how serious the issue might be. It looks like he might have suffered an injury thanks to a Chris Kreider check:

Naturally, the Blue Jackets must hope that this doesn’t begin another trend.