We have not seen veteran forward Brad Richardson on the ice since the Arizona Coyotes took on the Vancouver last November 17.
After scoring his fifth and final goal of the 2016-17 season earlier in the contest, Richardson fell awkwardly to the ice after a hit by Canucks defenseman Nikita Tryamkin. He needed to be stretchered off of the playing surface and had surgery the following day in Vancouver to repair fractured tibia and fibula bones in his right leg, thus ending his season.
Richardson admitted that he tried to comeback before the in the season but “his body simply wouldn't allow it,” as he told Dave Vest of the Coyotes official team website. The 32-year-old has been skating recently with some of his teammates and is looking forward to the start of Coyotes training camp next month.
"If training camp started tomorrow I'd be out there," he said. "I feel night-and-day different than I did four months ago. I probably need a little more time on the ice and some reps, but I'm feeling really good and I'm ready to go. The hardest thing was trying to get my leg strong and to fire again and be normal. I put a lot of hours in doing that. Realistically it might take me a little bit of time just to get back in and feel confident, but I think it's going to happen. I want to get better and I'm planning on it. I've put the work in to get better.
"I've been taking a one-hurdle-at-a-time approach. I've passed every stage so far so I'm looking forward to progressing. The No. 1 person who has to push you is yourself. I have motivation. I want to keep playing and playing at a really high level and keep getting better every year. I've enjoyed every day of my career, but I think I'll enjoy it even more now."
This is great news considering how gruesome the injury was back in November!