Brad Richards did not skate at Nassau Coliseum Thursday morning and will miss his second straight game when the Rangers take on the Islanders at 7 p.m., but Richards did deliver the good news that he is not dealing with a concussion from the Patrick Kaleta hit Sunday night. “It’s not a long-term thing,” Richards said in a hallway outside the Rangers’ locker room. “I went in (to the boards) pretty hard. I’ve just got to let the body regroup a little bit here … Obviously, the neck and back are a little locked up.” Richards was asked how relieved he feels that he is not experiencing concussion symptoms, which forced him to miss games with the Dallas Stars during the 2010-11 season. “Yeah, I don’t know where you want to start on how bad it could have been,” Richards said. “Overall, I’m standing here talking about trying to play right now, and that’s a few days after (the hit), so I’m pretty fortunate I think.” Richards tested himself on the ice at Tuesday morning’s skate in Greenburgh but that day said “sometimes you just think if I get going, I’ll get moving, but that morning it went the other way. “It’s getting better as the week goes,” he continued. “Each day I wake up and hope I can get out and do something, but there’s no sense in making it go backwards and not being able to help the team.”
Brad Richards resting neck and back but is not dealing with concussion symptoms
Published On: Mar 07 2013 04:38:09 PM CST Updated On: Mar 07 2013 04:38:11 PM CST
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