Fantasy Impact: The Canucks, right up against the salary cap, have made a few depth signings. Brad Richardson is being brought in for two years (AAV $1.15 million), and defenseman Yannick Weber was signed for one year at $650k.
Vancouver finally gets Weber. Unfortunately, it isn’t Shea. What they are really getting:
Versatily up front and depth on the back end. Richardson can play wing or center, and as things stand right now he is the third line center in Vancouver. The Canucks (and John Tortorella in particular) area keen on putting Kesler and Burrows back together, which should bump a good winger down to line three with Richardson.
Richardson isn’t a pure shutdown or checking center, but he can play at both ends of the ice. He’s quick, gritty, and will bring an element of tenacty that John Tortorella will really like.
Richardson had six points in 16 games last year. His best season in the NHL came back in 2009-10 – 11 goals and 27 points in 81 games for the Kings. There was a reason for that strong offensive season.
His linemates from 2009-10:
||11 KOPITAR,ANZE – 15 RICHARDSON,BRAD – 17 SIMMONDS,WAYNE