Avs recall F Richardson, put D Sauer on IR because of neck injury

DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche recalled forward Brad Richardson from AHL Lake Erie on Sunday and placed defenseman Kurt Sauer on injured reserve because of a neck injury.

Richardson was first recalled by the Avalanche on Nov. 15 and
had one goal in five games before being reassigned to Lake Erie on

Richardson missed the first month of the season with a wrist
injury. He was cleared to play Nov. 7 and was assigned to Lake

Sauer injured himself Friday at San Jose. He had a goal and five
assists in 24 games.