Kings sign Richardson
The Los Angeles Kings have signed restricted free agent center Brad Richardson to a two-year contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.I'll get the contract terms up here when I see them.>> team release
The Kings left a number of their restricted free agents until the last minute this summer, for whatever reason, but the only biggie left to get under contract is Patrick O'Sullivan, who had a nice breakout campaign last year.
Los Angeles is likely within $1.5-million of the salary floor at this point, so getting there won't be a problem.
Richardson is a decent depth player, although he spent a lot of last season in the AHL. On the Kings, he's an NHLer and could chip in 10-15 goals on the third or fourth line. He was a pretty good scorer in junior hockey with Owen Sound, putting up 41 goals in his last year alongside Bobby Ryan.
UPDATE It's a wholly reasonable $1.175-million deal (about $600,000 a season) over the two years according to Rich Hammond.