Lightning sign veteran defenseman Richardson

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning added plenty
of experience to their blue line Tuesday, signing 19-year
veteran Luke Richardson to a one-year deal worth $500,000.

The Lightning had a need for a defenseman after trading Darryl Sydor to Dallas earlier this offseason.

Richardson, 37, more than fills the bill for experience, having
played in 1,312 games in an NHL career that started with Toronto
in 1987. He split last season with Columbus and Toronto,
registering one goal and nine assists in 65 games overall.

"Prior to trading Darryl Sydor to Dallas, we had identified Luke
as the player we wanted to bring into our organization to
effectively take over Syd's role," Lightning general manager Jay
Feaster said.

In his career, Richardson has collected 33 goals, 156 assists
and 189 points to go along with 1,996 penalty minutes.