Retirement nears for Richardson

Senators general manager Bryan Murray said Thursday he would never force Richardson, who has never played a game in the minors, to do that. However, Richardson's only other choice would be to retire, which would open a door to his future in a still-to-be determined role with the team.

— Ottawa Citizen

Commenter saskhab says Richardson will likely be made an assistant coach in the AHL, which is a nice gesture by the Senators.

I know he's slowed down considerably in recent years, but Richardson is one of the NHL's all-time leaders in games played with 1,417. He's behind only Mark Recchi, Brendan Shanahan and Chris Chelios among active players, and about 15 of those ahead of him are Hall of Famers or soon-to-be ones.

That's pretty impressive.

Rk Player GP
1. Gordie Howe* 1767
2. Mark Messier* 1756
3. Ron Francis* 1731
4. Dave Andreychuk 1639
5. Scott Stevens* 1635
6. Chris Chelios 1616
7. Larry Murphy* 1615
8. Raymond Bourque* 1612
9. Alex Delvecchio* 1549
10. John Bucyk* 1540
11. Steve Yzerman 1514
12. Phil Housley 1495
13. Brendan Shanahan 1490
14. Wayne Gretzky* 1487
15. Doug Gilmour 1474
16. Glen Wesley 1457
17. Tim Horton* 1446
18. Mike Gartner* 1432
19. Luc Robitaille 1431
  Scott Mellanby 1431
  Mark Recchi 1431
22. Pat Verbeek 1424
23. Luke Richardson 1417
24. Al MacInnis* 1416
25. Harry Howell* 1411

 

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