Found September 20, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
As befits his grinding role some teeth are missing from Brad Richardson’s mug. The symbolism isn’t lost on anybody wondering how the centre who was in and out of Darryl Sutter’s doghouse last season in Los Angeles can add bite in Vancouver. The Canucks signed the unrestricted free agent to a bargain two-year $2.3 million US contract on the first day of free agency to help solve their riddles in the middle as a third or fourth-line solution. His game should complement Chris Higgins and Jannik Hansen if his battle level is considerable and consistent like it has been in the past against Hansen. “Playing against him a lot we’ve had some run-ins” said Richardson who had a scoring chance and won eight of nine face-offs in a 4-1 preseason loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday at Rogers Arena. “I said some things I shouldn’t have said to him and hopefully he doesn’t remember all of them. He brings speed and is underrated with his skill and competes on every shift.” At his best Richard...

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