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Richards: "Nothing alarming" in groin issue

Brad Richards, who tweaked his groin yesterday in the second half of the scrimmage and tried to skate in drills afterward before departing, said the issue was "nothing alarming, that's for sure."

Coach John Tortorella said he pulled Richards off the ice yesterday and thought it was prudent to keep the center away from scrimmage and drills today. Trainer Jim Ramsay felt rest would help today, Torts said.

Richards, 31, who said the injury was near where he had some surgeries in the past, felt better today and hoped he could skate tomorrow.  He said it's not an uncommon problem for him "at this time of year."

Tortorella said he thinks Richards might be able to play Friday against the Devils.


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