Canucks’ pending UFA Richardson to undergo ankle surgery

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Veteran Vancouver forward Brad Richardson will undergo ankle surgery today to repair an injury that hobbled him throughout the latter half of the season, per News 1130.

Richardson, 30, appeared in just 45 regular season contests but did return to play in five of Vancouver’s six games in an opening-round playoff loss to Calgary. The ankle injury was a tough development for both the Canucks and Richardson; Vancouver lost the services of one of its better penalty killers and versatile forwards, and Richardson got sidetracked in what was shaping up to be his best-ever offensive season.

The former Avalanche and King scored eight goals and 21 points in 45 games this year, good for a career-high 0.47 points-per-game average (over 82 games, that works out to nearly 40 points.) That production came on the heels of a pretty successful 2013-14 campaign, in which Richardson scored 11 goals and averaged a career-high 14:54 TOI per night.

Richardson just wrapped the last of a two-year, $2.3 million deal with the Canucks and will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1.  Recently, he told The Province he’d like to re-sign in Vancouver.