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Brad Richardson Signs With Nashville Predators

Brad Richardson

The Nashville Predators have announced the signing of unrestricted free agent forward Brad Richardson. The centre signed a one-year deal worth $1 million, not including performance bonuses associated with his 35+ contract. He joins the club after eliminating them in the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifying Round.

Brad Richardson Signs With Nashville

In Brad Richardson, the Predators get a big fourth-line forward who can kill penalties and is an effective forechecker. This season, he scored six goals and five assists for 11 points, adding 20 minutes in penalties. His possession numbers are 42.3 percent Corsi and a relative Corsi of -7.6. Those totals are lower compared to last season, where he scored 19 goals, eight assists for 27 points. His possession numbers are really quite low. He is an astute penalty killer and won 54 percent of his faceoffs.

Over his 15-year NHL career Richardson has played for the Colorado Avalanche, Vancouver Canucks, and Arizona Coyotes. His career numbers show he has 106 goals and 136 assists for 242 career points in 808 career games. He was originally drafted in the fifth round, 163rd overall of the 2003 NHL draft by the Avalanche.

What This Means for the Future

Brad Richardson’s average playing time has decreased from 15:58 to just 13:39 minutes per game. He has had some injuries keeping him out of games, but is a crusty hard-nosed player. The kind other teams hate to play against. With his new team he can be a role player and help his team succeed. He has 15 career shorthanded goals to his credit, and is always dangerous to score when a man short. He is an adequate checker, but is getting up there in age at 35-years-old. His veteran leadership can only help young players.

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