The Nashville Predators have signed Brad Richardson of Belleville, Ontario to a one-year contract worth $1 million according to NBC Sports on Monday. The Predators become the fifth team Richardson has played for. He has previously been with the Colorado Avalanche, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, and Arizona Coyotes.
Last season with the Coyotes, Richardson had six goals and five assists for 11 points. In 59 games, he was a +1 with 20 penalty minutes, two shorthanded points, three game winning goals, 76 shots on goal, 355 faceoff wins, 44 blocked shots, 77 hits, 12 takeaways, and 18 giveaways.
Richardson’s three game winning goals this past season came in a 5-2 Coyotes win over the Chicago Blackhawks on December 12, in a 4-2 Coyotes win over the Anaheim Ducks on January 2, and in a 7-3 Coyotes win over the eventual Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning on February 22.
Richardson also scored an overtime winner in game four of the Coyotes’ Stanley Cup Playoff qualifying series. Ironically, the goal came against the Predators, as Richardson scored from Jason Demers of Dorval, Quebec and Vinnie Hinostroza in a 4-3 Coyotes win from Edmonton, which closed out the series on August 7.
Richardson’s shorthanded assist this season came in a Coyotes win. On February 29, in a 5-2 Arizona win over the Buffalo Sabres, Richardson notched a helper on a goal by Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
Richardson also comes to the Predators with a Stanley Cup ring. He was part of the Kings team that won the NHL’s biggest prize in 2012.