Brian Boyle was indeed a healthy scratch for Friday's 3-2 loss to the Senators, coach John Tortorella confirmed after the game.
Although the hulking centerman earned a spot back in the lineup after serving a three-game stint as a healthy scratch earlier this season, he appears to be back in Tortorella's dog house.
"Other guys were playing better," Tortorella said of his decision to have Boyle watch from the press box.
Although it was assumed that Richards' return to the lineup would mean either Micheal Haley or Stu Bickel would sit, Boyle was the odd man out. Tortorella opted for rookie J.T. Miller and Jeff Halpern as his third and fourth-line centers and, once again, Boyle's role with the team appears nebulous.
Tortorella said he has not liked Boyle's game of late.
"We're hoping Brian becomes part of it," Tortorella said, "but he certainly has to do more than what he has."
The 28-year-old Boyle, who had 11 goals and 26 points in 82 games for the Rangers last season, has been limited to only one assist in 19 games for the Rangers this year.