Pressure doesn’t seem to be mounting for Brad Richardson

Brad Richardson Kings MayorsManorSize or speed? That could be the decision the Kings are soon faced with.

Final rosters are due to the NHL offices later this afternoon, but they look to be OK for now. Yesterday the Kings sent Tyler Toffoli back to Manchester and placed Andrew Bodnarchuk on waivers, all but making official that this is the 23-man roster they’ll start the season with:

Forwards – Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter, Kyle Clifford, Colin Fraser, Simon Gagne. Dwight King, Trevor Lewis, Jordan Nolan, Dustin Penner, Mike Richards, Brad Richardson, Anthony Stewart, Jarret Stoll, Justin Williams

Defensemen – Drew Doughty, Davis Drewiske, Matt Greene, Alec Martinez, Jake Muzzin, Rob Scuderi and Slava Voynov

Goaltenders – Jonathan Quick and Jonathan Bernier

This of course assumes Kopitar will not be playing tomorrow, something that still hasn’t been decided as of this early morning (more on that here).

However, as soon as the Kings’ top center is ready to go, GM Dean Lombardi and coach Darryl Sutter will have a decision to make. Getting Kopitar back in the line-up will require one of the above listed forwards to come off the roster. Will Nolan go back to Manchester (he doesn’t require waivers, so perhaps that’s the easiest move) or will a player like Richardson or the newly acquired Stewart be put on waivers?

For his part, Richardson says he’s not worried about it right now.

“We have some extra guys and camp is supposed to be competitive,” said the 27-year old forward, who can play both wing and center. “Everybody has been working very hard and we’ll see what happens. (Management has) a lot of guys and a lot of good players that can be moved around. So we’ll see where it falls.”

Stewart, a big-body who can provide extra grit and size on the Kings’ third and fourth lines, seems to be a typical Lombardi and Sutter type player – and the opposite of the smaller, speedier Richardson.

“I don’t try to put pressure on myself really to be honest,” Richardson said. “I mean, he’s a good player; I’ve played against him since we were 16 years old. So, I know what he does and I’m just happy to have him. He’s a good guy and I’m looking forward to playing with him.”

As camp starts to wind down though, Richardson says he hasn’t been given any new information from the coaches about what they’d like to see out of him this season.

“We really haven’t sat down and had that chat yet. But I’m sure it will come very soon. It looks like right now I’ll be kind of filling in – but, you know, hopefully I can work myself into a spot where I can contribute. So we’ll see what happens.”

Until then, he’ll keep looking forward – especially to tomorrow, when the Kings will raise their Stanley Cup Championship banner.

“It’s been a long time coming and we’re excited for it,” remarked Richardson. “We’re also excited to move on and try to do something special again this year.”

Note to webmasters/reporters: When recapping news or interviews from this site please include a link to www.MayorsManor.com

Recent Articles

FREE REPLAY: Thoughts on Vegas Home Opener; Plus Brown, Kopitar, and the Kids

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of my interview on Sportsnet Radio from earlier today, where I shred thoughts on the Vegas Golden Knights home opener, as well as reviewed the Kings-Flames game.
The segment can be heard using the player below or download any of our audio files for free on the MayorsManor iTunes page located […]

FREE REPLAY: Hoven on NHL Network Radio with Vegas Golden Knights Home Opener Preview

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on NHL Network Radio from earlier today, where he joined host Jim ‘Boomer’ Gordon to talk about the Golden Knights home opener – live from Las Vegas.
The segment can be heard using the player below or download any of our audio files for free on the MayorsManor […]

LA Kings 2017-18 Season Has Acute Focus on Three Rs

To a man, the LA Kings organization would largely like to forget the past three seasons. Not much good has come, at least on the ice, since raising the organization’s second Stanley Cup in 2014. Now, with a plethora of new management in place, many of the same core players will be asked to provide […]

Major News Items

LA Kings 2017 Mid-Season Prospect Rankings: Top Two Players Revealed

The wait is over; it's time to reveal the top two players on our 2017 Mid-Season Prospect Rankings. Which player has earned the coveted No. 1 spot? As we finish off this multi-part series, we'll begin with a thank you … [Read More...]

More Prospect News

Comments

  1. The move has to be sending Nolan to Manchester in my mind, until he’s needed after an injury. They can’t afford to lose one of the others on waivers, because they will be needed for certain with injuries expected to be more frequent this year.

  2. Hope they send Nolan down, so we don’t lose anyone.
    Im sure injuries will happen, and we need to keep what we have just in case.