Canucks add Richardson, Weber
The Vancouver Canucks added some depth on the first day of free
agency, signing defenseman Yannick Weber and forward Brad
Richardson has 43 goals and 62 assists in 391 career games with
Colorado and Los Angeles. He won a Stanley Cup with the Kings in
the 2011-12 season.
He had a goal and five assists in 16 games for the Kings last
Richardson welcomed the chance to play in Vancouver after a
season in which he found himself at times a healthy scratch in Los
”To be honest I was super-frustrated,” he said on a conference
call. ”It was really tough. They didn’t give me a whole lot of
feedback on why I wasn’t playing either which was tough.
”At the end of the year, it turned around. I got in there and
started playing and played well.”
He has played all three forward positions, but says the Canucks
want him to play his preferred center role.
”They made me feel like they really wanted me,” he said of the
Richardson, who expects to play on Vancouver’s third line, says
his experience playing against the Canucks in the playoffs had
shown him he was joining a tough team to play against.
”Great goaltending, great forwards, great D. They’ve got
everything,” he said.
Weber spent the past five seasons with the Montreal Canadiens
organization. The Swiss defenseman has five goals and 27 assists in
115 games with the Canadiens. He had two assists in six games last