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Colorado sends Brad Richardson to minors after forward gets clearance to play @NHLdotcom

DENVER - Colorado forward Brad Richardson, sidelined by an off-season wrist injury, was cleared to play Wednesday and reassigned to the Avalanche's AHL affiliate.

He'll play for the Lake Erie Monsters in Cleveland.

Richardson, who was injured during workouts before training camp, posted career highs in games played (73), goals (14) and points (22) last season with the Avalanche.

Richardson had three short-handed goals and three game-winning goals last season.

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