Mike Richards didn’t speak to Dan Gross regarding the story Gross wrote on the Dry Island drama, which described in detail Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette’s no drinking policy, the assertion that Richards and Jeff Carter refused to be a part of it, and the contention from teammates that concern about their partying lifestyle led to the trades.
Richards is talking now, though. And big surprise, he disagrees with Gross completely.
“I believe what happens in the dressing room should stay in the dressing room,” Richards said Tuesday to TSN’s That’s Hockey. “It was just something that happened for a handful of guys, just more of a playful thing that half the team took part in and the other half didn’t.
“It wasn’t a big deal…It was just a joke around the locker room and obviously leaked out and someone’s trying to make a mountain out of it.”
Of course Richie also disagreed with the two unnamed Flyers players who allegedly said the trades were directly related to concern over partying and possibly even drug use.
“It couldn’t be further from the truth,” Richards told TSN. “Unfortunately, things get blown out of proportion and things get said and taken out of context too. I’m not sure if people are trying to get a sense of it or trying to convince other people that it was the reason, but at the same time, it’s not true at all.”
Richards claims he didn’t see the trade coming, even though rumors of him and Carter both being on the block were floating around for a while. Someone had to go to make room for goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, with the only real surprise being both of them were shipped out.
“It was a big shock,” said the 26-year-old. “I found out about it an hour before it happened and then I called my agent and it just snowballed from there – with Jeff being traded and myself right after. It was a hectic day, but I’m looking forward to starting in L.A…I’m excited to get this next step going.”
So good luck 18. At least the L.A. nightlife is probably pretty decent.
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