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Brad Richardson expected to fully recover from injury

Coyotes center out indefinitely after breaking leg Thursday @NHL

Arizona Coyotes forward Brad Richardson is expected to make a full recovery after having surgery on his broken leg Friday.

"After consultation with our athletic trainers, medical staff and doctors in Vancouver, it was determined that Brad would require surgery to repair his fractured tibia and fibula bones in his (right) leg," Coyotes general manager John Chayka said in a statement. "Brad's surgery went very well today, and we are confident that he will make a full recovery. He will be out of the lineup indefinitely."

The Coyotes said Richardson was resting comfortably.

The 31-year-old fell awkwardly after a hit by Vancouver Canucks defenseman Nikita Tryamkin with 8:37 left in the second period of Arizona's 3-2 overtime loss. Richardson remained on the ice for several minutes before being taken off on a stretcher and to the hospital.

Richardson had nine points (five goals, four assists) in 16 games this season, his second with the Coyotes.

He has 189 points (78 goals, 111 assists) in 607 NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche, Los Angeles Kings, Canucks and Coyotes.

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