Although he was scheduled to head to salary arbitration, the Los Angeles Kings and forward Brad Richardson managed to come to agreement on a contract. Richardson signed a contract for one year at $900,000. In my opinion this is something of a steal. Richardson is a strong addition to our team, and perhaps even more importantly is incredibly versatile. He can fill in on a higher line in a pinch, or he’s just a solid, quality role player on the 3rd or even 4th line.
To sign him for (substantially) less money than the Rangers signed Derek Boogaard is even more impressive since he, you know brings something to the table. Richardson is still young (only 25) and fits in well with the group of maturing, young players on the Kings. In addition, his 11 goals and 16 assists are not an insignificant addition to a team that is always looking for more secondary scoring. Personally I think he can up those numbers somewhat, and something in the range of 40 points is not out of the question over the next season. Of course if he does that, he might price himself out of a role position with the Kings… damn, catch-22.
In all, I like Richardson, and for a small scale deal like this I have to give Lombardi two thumbs up. Now get back to work with Kovalchuk and get it done for a good price.