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The Ottawa Senators waived Luke Richardson on Thursday, a move that could end the big defenceman’s lengthy NHL career.
If Richardson, 39, isn’t claimed by another club by noon ET on Friday, he can be sent down to the Senators’ AHL affiliate in Binghamton. But at his age, the six-foot-three, 214-pound blue-liner isn’t expected to accept a minor-league assignment.
One of the oldest players in the NHL, Richardson has been a healthy scratch for most of this season.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
In 20 NHL seasons, Luke Richardson has never gone to training camp without a contract.
The Senators have extended the 39-year-old Ottawa native a tryout offer and Richardson has eagerly accepted.
“I’m excited ... I’m getting a chance and we’ll see what comes of it,” the 6-foot-3 and now 212-lb. defenceman said last night. “Obviously, the best scenario would have been to sign a contract, but I understand there’s only so many of them to go around….”
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Luke Richardson wants to play one more season in Ottawa.
But whether the Senators can accommodate the 39-year-old defenceman remains to be seen….
Richardson, who made $500,000 (all terms US) last season, is ready to go to camp without a contract, but with the Senators already committing more than $48 million under the $56.3-million salary cap for 2008-09, there might not be much left in the kitty for the 19-year NHL veteran.
Richardson pondered retirement in the off-season, but wants to give it one more shot.
from the Ottawa Citizen,
Yet whatever Richardson ends up doing on the ice, he figures to serve an important role for the Senators on the bench and in the dressing room.
He’ll lend an ear if a younger player asks his advice. He’ll remove a struggling player from the dressing room for a pep talk or pat a player on the back for a job well done. He’ll take a prospect home to dinner to make him more comfortable in his surroundings. When Richardson was in Columbus, rookie Gilbert Brule lived with the family for a while.
Think of him as the Kevin Costner character in the baseball movie, Bull Durham, providing whatever tips he can, based on his experiences.