Rangers goaltender Mike Richter spoke with the media shortly after the announcement that he will not return to the lineup this season.
Q:Are you frustrated by this decision?
MIKE RICHTER: I'm not saying that I'm not frustrated or confused. It's definitely a tough one to digest. Two weeks ago I was wondering when I'd be able to start, and now this. It's depressing to hear that I won't be able to play for a long time. There's so much to absorb right now. It's very difficult to accept.
Q: Is this something that you had in the back of your mind when you visited with Dr. Johnston and Dr. Kelly?
MIKE RICHTER: Well, it’s very different than having a normal injury. I didn’t know what to expect. I anticipated getting better every day after I got hit. I’ve been on crutches before I can still carry on a conversation and stay awake. With this, your brain’s been hit and your whole central nervous system is a little out of whack. And your body lets you know that something is wrong in a lot of ways – blood pressure, heart rate and sleeping. It’s kind of everywhere at once and nothing you can put your finger on. It’s a feeling of not being right, that’s for sure. I have not had really pronounced symptoms, but they have lingered. The fatigue is pretty pronounced if I do anything. I can’t function on an everyday level right now.
Q: Emotionally, how are you feeling right now?
MIKE RICHTER: I’ve always said the game is a great gift in a short period of time. That hasn’t changed for me. I really love the game. And right now, I’ve been advised that I can’t play and that they won’t let me. It’s a difficult thing to accept, but you have to go on, and I will.