John Tortorella defends decision to drop Brad Richards

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Rangers center Brad Richards looks to make a

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Rangers center Brad Richards looks to make a pass in the second period. (April 3, 2013) (Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

It wouldn't be a statement game for the Rangers without a memorable statement from the Rangers' coach.

John Tortorella made one of the tougher decisions he's had to make in not only his four-plus seasons behind the Rangers' bench but in the decade-plus he's been coaching in the NHL, nine of those spent coaching Brad Richards.

"This is a Conn Smythe winner, a guy I've grown up with, a...

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