Brad Richardson likes Tortorella, laughs off Doughty


It almost seems automatic. Player leaves a team, returns to face his former club, then scores against them.

Take Brad Richardson, for example. As a member of the Kings, he relished every opportunity to play the Colorado Avalanche, who originally drafted him in 2003 before trading him to Los Angeles five years later.

After signing a free agent contract with the Vancouver Canucks over the summer, he returned to Staples Center a few weeks ago and it would have seemed like he was a sure thing to score a goal that night.

“I’d have made that bet,” he jokingly said.

It didn’t happen though. Richardson was held off the scoresheet and the Canucks lost 5-1.

Tonight, the two teams will rematch, but this time the game will be played in Vancouver – an area Richardson has quickly embraced since changing jerseys and relocating.

“Just the fact that you can walk everywhere is amazing,” he told MayorsManor. “I don’t even need a car basically. I’ve probably put about fifteen miles on my car. There’s about a three minute drive to the rink from my house, but most days I just walk. I like that part of it, just leave the car in the garage.”

Perhaps even more to his liking is the playing time he’s getting.

After being limited to just 16 games for the Kings last season, Richardson has played in all of the Canucks’ 25 games thus far. Even better, he’s getting consistent minutes on the team’s third line.

And, according to the versatile forward, playing for new coach John Tortorella has been an easy transition.

“I don’t think it’s been a big adjustment, really,” said the 28-year-old Ontario native. “He demands a lot, but pretty much every coach in the league demands a lot. He’s very honest too. If you’re playing well, he’s going to play you. So, I don’t think it’s been a huge adjustment, he just wants us on our toes and playing aggressive.”

Not surprising, tonight’s game vs. the Kings will mean a little more to Richardson than most other events on the schedule.

“There’s still a lot of great friends there, some good memories. I went out to dinner with them the night before [the game in LA]. They’re all great guys and a lot of close friendships. There’s really no hard feelings, I’ve moved on and I’m really happy for be in Vancouver.”

Those same sentiments are felt by players in the Kings’ locker room, including former roommate Jarret Stoll.

“He’s a very skilled guy and he just needed an opportunity and a role,” shared LA’s veteran center. “It was tough to find a role for him here. I’m happy he got a chance and that’s all he needed.”

Perhaps as a parting gift, one of the final marks Richardson left on the Kings was a nickname for Jordan Nolan.

“I have a buddy back home who’s native as well, actually, his name is Jordan too. So, I just started calling him Gordo for some reason. Then, when Jordan Nolan came [up to the Kings], I just started calling him Gordo and it kind of stuck. I don’t know why really. The boys thought it was pretty funny and Nolan’s had quite a time with it.”

Now playing for the opposition, Richardson already has a taste of what it’s like to face his former teammates.

“He was chirping a little bit,” Richardson said with a laugh, when talking about playing Drew Doughty earlier this month in LA. “He slashed me once and I talked to him after the game and he apologized. He’s one of my close friends, so it’s always fun to play against him. He has that competitive edge, so sometimes he gets carried away and slashes and stuff, but he always apologizes, so it’s good.”

It’s well documented how much Doughty hates the Canucks, so apparently Richardson isn’t getting any friendly breaks from the Kings top defenseman when they meet up on the ice.

And that’s just fine with Richardson, he wouldn’t have it any other way.

RELATED CONTENT:

Tortorella and the Sedins talk Canucks 5-1 loss to Kings

Kings players talk hatred for and rivalry with the Canucks

Word Association: Kings players take on the Canucks

Darryl Sutter and special guests play Canucks Word Association

Dwight King and a Roberto Luongo look-a-like contest

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

Recent Articles

NHL Radio Replay: Hoven on Kings MVP, Gaborik Injury, Sharks Rivalry

Follow @mayorNHL
//
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on NHL Network Radio, where he joined hosts Scott Laughlin and Jim ‘Boomer’ Gordon, to discuss the Kings and Sharks. Some of the topics touched on included: Jeff Carter, Anze Kopitar, Marian Gaborik, Nic Dowd, Alec Martinez, Jake Muzzin, Jonathan Quick, Peter Budaj, roster moves, injuries, […]

NHL Radio Replay: Hoven, Davis, Bernstein, Pagnotta after Kings-Ducks

Follow @mayorNHL
//
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven and Jonathan Davis on NHL Network Radio following the Kings-Ducks game in Anaheim, where they were joined by Dennis Bernstein and Dave Pagnotta of The Fourth Period magazine, as well as actor Michael Rosenbaum, and a host of other special guests. Some of the topics discussed […]

Kings – Pacific Division Pretender Or Contender?

There’s an old adage in hockey that says you can’t win a division in the first month of the season, but you sure can lose it. Through the first 15 games of the 2016-17 season, the LA Kings may not be eliminated from Pacific Division contention, but the road to the title is going to be […]

Major News Items

LA Kings 2015-16 Prospect Rankings: No. 1 Revealed

We're finally ready to announce the name of which Los Angeles Kings prospect has nabbed the No. 1 spot in our bi-annual rankings of the team's future hopefuls. After working our way through a handful of Honorable … [Read More...]

More Prospect News

Comments

  1. Don’t have anything else to complain about in LA? Complain about driving. (eyeroll)

Trackbacks

  1. […] Brad Richardson likes Tortorella, laughs off Doughty […]

  2. […] Brad Richardson likes Tortorella, laughs off Doughty […]