TSN reported on Saturday afternoon that Stars center Brad Richards has undergone arthroscopic hip surgery to repair a small tear in his labrum.
Richards had 24 goals and 67 assists (91 points) in 80 games played this season. He battled an undisclosed, unspecified leg problem early in the year, often taking practices and morning skates off to help correct the situation. He responded with his (by far) most productive season in a Stars uniform.
Richards, who earns $7.8 million per season, has acknowledged that he and the Stars will likely enter into contract negotiations this off-season in hopes of extending his current deal. If a deal cannot be reached, a Brad Richards trade might become a realistic possibility, rather than playing with a lame duck center who's trade value could potentially become a distraction for the team.
We wish Brad a speedy and painless recovery, and a new contract extension signed soon.