Monday, September 15, 2008

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.
>> team release
I'll get the contract terms up here when I see them.

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.
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4 Comments:

At 8:02 PM, September 15, 2008, Blogger Brooklyn Hockey Boy said...

Wow...another large contract to a player who hasn't proven himself worthy of it.

Granted, Richardson's deal isn't on the Jeff Finger scale, but it is a little high-priced. We'll see if Richardson's production this year is up to par (I doubt it, personally, despite liking Richardson reasonably more than other former Avalanche prospects).

 
At 10:24 PM, September 15, 2008, Blogger Draft Dodger said...

$600k is a little high-priced???

 
At 12:28 AM, September 16, 2008, Blogger Shane Giroux said...

brooklyn, you might've missed the 2-years part of the deal.

That's a reasonable contract on both price and length.

 
At 7:41 PM, September 16, 2008, Blogger matt said...

this guy is a flat steal for the kings, even for the 2nd rounder. he was a victim of the Q doghouse and injuries last year, and will break out for 20g this year. just watch.

 

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