The biggest question concerning Brad Richardson heading into the 2017-18 campaign is whether he can bounce back from the broken leg he suffered last November. The injury prevented the veteran from recording a fourth straight 20-plus point season, as he managed just five goals and four helpers in 16 contests. At 37 years of age, the Ontario native will likely be scrutinized to see if he has lost a step, but at least it appears that he's on track for Opening Night. Even if he does experience renewed vigor, Richardson is a mid-range fantasy option at best -- and will likely only get picked up in deeper formats.
Richardson (leg) skated with a group of teammates Thursday, Sarah McLellan of The Arizona Republic reports. Having been sidelined since November, Richardson declared he would be ready for training camp last month, and his participation in Thursday's skate would seem to indicate he will indeed be at full health for the preseason. Richardson has been an attractive option in deeper leagues in past years, but proceed with caution in 2017-18. A Stanley Cup champion with the Kings in 2012, Richardson is now 32 years of age and a year removed from playing in NHL games, which isn't promising for his fantasy value, considering that he's never been much of a scorer in the first place.
Richardson (leg) is encouraged by his progress from a fractured tibia and fibula in his right leg -- a devastating injury that he sustained in a game against the Canucks last November -- and he's looking forward to training camp. The veteran pivot's injury was quite gruesome, and this report details how he's essentially had to train himself how to walk again. In March, Richardson -- who's registered 189 points (78 goals, 111 assists) in 607 career games -- reportedly had a second operation to "clean up some things" with his leg, but the good news is that he's on the mend. "If training camp started tomorrow I'd be out there," he said. "I feel night-and-day different than I did four months ago. I probably need a little more time on the ice and some reps, but I'm feeling really good and I'm ready to go."
Richardson (leg) is transitioning into offseason conditioning and will not play another game this season, Craig Morgan of ArizonaSports.com reports. Coyotes general manager John Chayka reported that Richardson had successful surgery to "remove hardware from his previous leg surgery." He will not play for the remainder of the season, but he is expected to be ready for training camp next season. Richardson finishes the season with five goals and four assists in 16 games.
Richardson (leg) continues to make progress in his return from a fractured tibia and fibula in his right leg, Sarah McClellan of The Arizona Republic reports. It hasn't been ruled out that Richardson might make an appearance in one of the final six regular-season games. He has been limited to just 16 games this season. Even if he can get back into game action, he isn't going to help the vast majority of fantasy rosters.
Richardson (leg) remains on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site. The 32-year-old has been limited to 16 games this season due to a fractured tibia and fibula. We learned that Richardson started traveling with the team near the end of February, but the veteran remains without a timeline for his return to game action. It's safe to leave him on the waiver wire this late in the season.
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