OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators have placed Luke Richardson on waivers, a move that could lead to the veteran defenceman's retirement.
If he clears waivers by noon ET Friday, he'll be eligible to play for the club's AHL affiliate in Binghamton. But he's not expected to report to the minors.
At 39, Richardson is the fourth-oldest player in the NHL and has spent most of the season as a healthy scratch. In two games, he recorded zero points and two penalty minutes.
Coaching could be in Richardson's future. He has been working with the Sens staff this season, keeping a close eye on things from the press box during games and helping run practices.
"We use him at times during games to sit upstairs and get on the headsets," Sens coach Craig Hartsburg told NHL.com recently. "I think, eventually, he wants to get into that. When it's time, he'll do a good job of that. He's a guy with lots of experience as a player. He's seen a lot and knows what the game is all about, on and off the ice. He'll be a good coach."
In 1,417 career NHL games, he has recorded 35 goals and 166 assists with 2,055 penalty minutes. The Ottawa native has added eight assists and 130 penalty minutes in 69 career NHL playoff games.