In Wednesday’s loss to the Nashville Predators, Minnesota Wild head coach Todd Richards sat Czech sniper Petr Sykora in favor of fan favorite enforcer Derek Boogaard. Richards has claimed that Sykora was scratched to “send him a message.” Apparently that message is that Richards is running out of ideas as to how to motivate his players. So far this season, Richards has benched Martin Havlat on three separate occasions (one of which likely directly contributed to Havlat’s tweaked groin), he has benched and scratched James Sheppard and Benoit Pouliot and he has now benched and scratched Petr Sykora. These benchings have quite clearly not been the answer. How have these players responded? Martin Havlat - One goal, five points an ...
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