The Los Angeles Kings announced Saturday that they have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with forward Brad Richardson.
Richardson, 25, set regular-season career highs for games played (81), assists (16) and points (27) while skating with the Kings this past season. The 5-11, 195-pound native of Belleville, Ont., also recorded 11 goals -- including a career-high four game-winners -- and 37 penalty minutes. The Kings had a record of 10-0-1 in games when Richardson scored a goal this past season.
Richardson also skated in all six Kings postseason games in 2010, recording 1 goal (the game-winner in Game 3 vs. Vancouver), 1 assist, 2 points and 2 PIM. Additionally, he was the Kings nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, given annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.
In 2008-09, Richardson was limited to just 31 regular-season games with the Kings because of a foot injury. He had 5 assists and 11 PIM.
Richardson was acquired by the Kings for a second-round selection in the 2008 Entry Draft on June 21, 2008. He was originally drafted by Colorado in the fifth-round (No. 163) in the 2003 Entry Draft.
Richardson has 32 points (11 goals, 21 assists) and 48 PIM in 112 career regular-season games with the Kings. His NHL totals include 248 regular-season games, 72 points (30 goals, 42 assists) and 96 PIM. He’s also skated in 15 postseason games, recording three points (2 goals, 1 assist) and 8 PIM.
Prior to his NHL career, Richardson played junior hockey with Owen Sound of the Ontario Hockey League where he was named MVP of his team three times (2004-05, 2002-03, 2001-02).