Rangers' Brad Richards benched for Game 4

Brad Richards (QMI Agency file photo)

Brad Richards (QMI Agency file photo)

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, Last Updated: 1:22 PM ET

Talk about an expensive scratch.

The New York Rangers have benched Brad Richards from tonight's elimination game against the Boston Bruins in their NHL Eastern Conference semifinals series at Madison Square Garden.

The Bruins lead the series 3-0.

He was one of the biggest free agent signings of 2011, inking a nine-year deal worth $60 million. He carries a $6.7 million cap hit this season.

Richards, the assistant captain, was made aware of the news from a phone call from head coach John Tortorella after the morning practice, according to the New York Times.

Richards finished the regular season with 11 goals and 23 assists, but has only one goal in 10 playoff games.

 


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