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Richards made a healthy scratch for Game 4

Brad Richards

New York Rangers’ Brad Richards in the third period of the NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)


Brad Richards will be a healthy scratch tonight when his New York Rangers face elimination at Madison Square Garden versus the Boston Bruins.

Richards -- he of the nine-year, $60 million contract signed less than two years ago -- told reporters that New York head coach John Tortorella called him this morning with the news he wasn’t playing.

Skating on the fourth line, Richards, 33, played just 8:10 during Tuesday’s Game 3 loss at MSG. That compares to the 22:14 he played in Game 1 of the first round versus Washington.

In 10 playoff games, Richards has one goal and no assists.

If you’re curious -- and lots of people are -- a Richards buyout would cost the Rangers $24 million spread over 14 years.