The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded defenseman Luke Richardson to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a conditional draft pick, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced Wednesday. The Blue Jackets will receive either a fifth round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft or a fourth round pick in 2007.
Richardson, 36, signed with the Blue Jackets as a free agent prior to the 2002-03 season and tallied 2-24-26 and 151 penalty minutes in 190 games with the club. In 44 games this year, he collected 1-6-7 and 30 penalty minutes. Playing in his 18th NHL season, Richardson has registered 33-153-186 and 1,955 penalty minutes in 1,290 career games, including 11-36-47 and 556 penalty minutes in 278 games with Toronto from 1987-91. He was Toronto's first pick, seventh overall, in the 1987 Entry Draft.
"Luke Richardson is the consummate professional who brought tremendous class and leadership to our organization both on and off the ice," said MacLean. "After receiving a number of inquiries from teams, Luke and I talked about his future and tried to do what was best for him and his family moving forward. I have great respect for Luke and wish him all the best."
The Blue Jackets return to action on Thursday against the Phoenix Coyotes. Game time at Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM Sports Radio 1460 the Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.