Brad Richards looked to be on his way out of New York in 2013, when former Rangers coach John Tortorella not only demoted the veteran centre but scratched him in the playoffs. Dana Stubblefield Jersey . A year later, coach Alain Vigneault started down the same path by putting the 34-year-old on left wing of the Rangers fourth line in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final. Richards played just nine minutes 22 seconds at even strength and a total of 13:20 including power-play time. Vigneault said he met with his lines individually, including Richards, Brian Boyle and Derek Dorsett. He wanted to spell out his reasoning and assignments. "I talked to Brads line. I talked to Brad about the decision I made," Vigneault said Wednesday night after the Rangers 2-1 victory that staved off elimination. "I mean, at this time of the year its only about one thing: Its about the team. You guys know how Richards has been this year, the ultimate pro. Hes fine with whatever I do." Richards, a strong candidate to be bought out of the final six years and US$27 million left on his contract, has no points in the Cup final and just four goals and four assists in 23 games since a strong opener against the Philadelphia Flyers. Vigneault said his line shuffling had to do with giving forward Dominic Moore a bigger role. As a result, though, he put Richards in a tough spot to be effective on a checking fourth line. Richards skated just 13 shifts. The 34-year-old managed a couple of quality scoring chances on the power play and was on the ice for a strong five-on-five shift that ended with a Kings penalty. Still, though, longtime friend Martin St. Louis knows what a demotion can mean to any star players ego. Richards was once a Canadian Olympian and 90-point scorer in the NHL. "Richies a pro and a tremendous leader," St. Louis said. "Im sure its tough for him. Hes a pro and a great teammate." Richards isnt expected to be a teammate of St. Louis for much longer. 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LOUIS -- The Atlanta Braves used a two-run rally in the ninth to end their road trip with a win.World championship leader Nico Rosberg set the pace from Lewis Hamilton by two tenths of a second as the Mercedes team-mates battle for the title recommenced at the Japanese GP on Friday morning. Five days after Hamiltons spectacular engine blow-up in Malaysia handed Rosberg a 23-point championship lead, it was the German who led the early running at Suzuka with his advantage on both the soft and medium tyres two tenths of a second.I thought that was a very confident start from Nico, said Sky F1s Johnny Herbert. You could see when the car was riding the kerbs there was a lot of positivity. Mercedes overall advantage over the field was ominous - a full second over next best Ferrari - at a circuit they have dominated on in F1s hybrid turbo era.Distracted Hamilton under fireBut Malaysia winners Red Bull are expecting another competitive weekend on a circuit that also plays to their aero strengths and they played themselves in gently in P1 with Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen fifth and sixth respectively after only running the slower medium tyres. Ricciardo trialled a new front wing on his RB12, with downforce well rewarded around the sweeping figure-of-eight Suzuka circuit.The two-by-two order was maintained by Force India in seventh and eighth, who also set their best times on mediums, with Fernando Alonso ninth for McLaren despite an early spin at Spoon curve which damaged his rear wing. The Spaniard is running the engine upgrade Honda trialled at Sepang.Romain Grosjean also made contact with the barriers, at the ever-tricky second Degner, but his crash was more conceerning with the brakes once again appearing to cause fundamental problems on his Haas car. John Taylor Jersey. The Frenchman crashed out of last Sundays race when his brake discs exploded.The brakes didnt brake, deadpanned Grosjean, who has said he will back off in his radio criticisms of the cars handling and performance. Meanwhile, although Jolyon Palmers luck had appeared to turn with his first F1 points finish at Sepang, the Renault driver hit fresh misfortune in Practice One as an electrical fault meant he propped up the timesheet after completing just 13 laps.Practice One timesheet1. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:32.4312. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes +0.2153. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, +1.0944. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, +1.3865. Daniel Ricciardo. Red Bull, +1.6816. Max Verstappen, Red Bull, +1.9487. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, +2.0998. Sergio Perez, Force India, +2.3369. Fernando Alonso, McLaren, +2.57210. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, +2.95011. Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, +3.01512. Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso, +3.24113. Jenson Button, McLaren, +3.24614. Romain Grosjean, Haas, +3.25715. Felipe Nasr, Sauber, +3.53616. Felipe Massa, Williams, +3.73817. Esteban Gutierrez, Haas, +3.78818. Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, +3.86319. Kevin Magnussen, Renault, +4.39120. Esteban Ocon, Manor, +5.36621. Pascal Wehrlein, Manor, +5.53522. Jolyon Palmer, Renault, +5.561 Also See: What music do the drivers listen to? Get a Sky Sports weekend pass Japanese GP TV times The Formula 1 Gossip column ' ' '