On July 2, 2011, the New York Rangers signed Brad Richards to a lucrative, nine-year contract in free agency in a move they thought would solidify their top line for years to come. On Thursday, with the Rangers facing elimination in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Bruins, Richards was a healthy scratch.
When asked after the game about the decision to keep Richards out of the lineup, Rangers coach John Tortorella was his usual animated self. He defended Richards, and had some choice words for those who suggest that he doesn't like his highly paid center.
"This is a Conn Smythe winner, a guy I grew up with, a guy that I love as a person and a player," Tortorella said. "But I have to make that decision regarding this, so kiss my ass if you want to write something different."
Check out the video above for the full rant and let us know what you think of Tortorella's antics in the comment box below.