The Arizona Coyotes have signed Brad Richardson to a three-year deal, worth $6.25 million.
Brad Richardson goes to Arizona. 6.25 over 3 Years.
— John Shannon (@JShannonhl) July 1, 2015
Richardson scored eight goals and 21 points for the Canucks last season, and was an effective penalty killer and defensive forward on the team’s third line when healthy. He underwent surgery in May for an ankle injury that limited him to just 45 games.
The 30-year-old, who was a bargain last year at $1.15 Million, provides the Coyotes with solid depth up front, as long as he makes a full recovery and can return to the form he showed in Vancouver. His addition gives the Coyotes a natural and slightly younger replacement for David Moss, as well as leadership for a rebuilding Arizona roster, after winning the Stanley Cup with Los Angeles in 2012.
Follow all of Wednesday’s free agent signings with The Hockey Writers’ Free Agent Tracker.
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Alan is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University in Toronto, and writes about the Maple Leafs for THW. He has covered the game for the National Post, Yahoo! Sports Canada and The Hockey News.