Richards: Don't blame Torts, Feaster
Brad Richards said on a TSN interview, his only public conversation so far, that the "spiral'' in which Tampa Bay finds itself should not reflect on coach John Tortorella or general manager Jay Feaster
"It’s tough,'' Richards said. "Jay Feaster, John Tortorella built that organization into what we did in 2004. It was so good. It was the place to be. It really was, and all of a sudden we go the other way. There were a lot of outside influences there. You don’t know who the owners are going to be, who they are. It’s a tough job and its unfortunate because it makes them look bad, but they really did a good job with that organization and don’t have a lot of control over what’s going on right now, and that’s unfortunate. Hopefully they get back on track.''
As for what waits for him in Dallas, Richards said he is excited at the opportunity.
"I think I need to get refreshed, a new beginning here,'' he said. "I just know it’s going to be an exciting experience for me, a change. After the last few years haven’t worked out as I would have hoped, but I’m excited, I’m motivated. I can’t wait to be on this team and the individual stuff will take care of itself.''
Asked if he had what it takes to propel the Stars to the Cup as he did for the Lightning in 2004 as the playoff MVP, Richards laughed.
"I’m excited. This is a fun time of year,'' he said. "I have full confidence I’ll be able to help the Dallas Stars. I’m sure they do, that’s why they traded for me, and we’ll just go from there.''