According to two separate reports, the Arizona Coyotes have signed Brad Richardson to a three year contract.
Brad Richardson is close to signing a three-year deal with ARI. AAV of $2.08— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2015
Brad Richardson goes to Arizona. 6.25 over 3 Years. #SigningSeason— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) July 1, 2015
Richardson has 62 goals and 87 assists over 509 NHL games between the Colorado Avalanche, Los Angeles Kings, and Vancouver Canucks. Here are some of his comparative stats:
As far as depth signings go, this isn't a terrible one by the Coyotes. He has decent offensive production in bottom six minutes, and can play the center and wing as needed.
Still, like Joe Vitale before him, one has to wonder why Richardson is getting a three year contract to play a bottom six role. It seems like an awful lot of term for a depth player.
We will continue to update this story as we receive official word from the organization.
UPDATE (10:18 AM)
We now have official word from the organization.
OFFICIAL: #Coyotes Sign Forward Brad Richardson to Three-Year Contract MORE http://t.co/1m4qkvpXDj pic.twitter.com/4bohMF0ac3— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) July 1, 2015