San Jose Sharks: 5 free-agent forwards that can replace Barclay Goodrow

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3. Brad Richardson, C

Like Thompson, Brad Richardson is getting up there in age at 35-years-old. He was drafted in the fifth round in 2003, just 20 picks before Thompson, by the Colorado Avalanche.

Richardson has been playing in a bottom-six role for his entire 15-year NHL career. He’s played in over 800 games, scored over 240 points, and suited up for just four different teams.

Playing for the Arizona Coyotes this season, Richardson suited up for 59 games, scored 11 points (six goals, five assists), and logged an average of 13:39 ice-time. Richardson was also very good at the dots, winning 54 percent of his faceoffs.

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When it came to the ‘Yotes penalty kill, Richardson was a key part. He logged a hefty 151:13 minutes of penalty kill time this year.

Like Thompson, Richardson would be a short-term solution because of his advanced age. Richardson’s cap hit was surprisingly more than Thompson’s this season at $1.25 million.

However, with just registering 11 points this season, I think he’ll be making at most $1 million.