Lightning sign veteran defenseman Richardson

Updated: July 11, 2006, 7:21 PM ET

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.