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Columbus Extends Contract Of Head Coach Richards

COLUMBUS, OHIOThe Columbus Blue Jackets have signed Head Coach Todd Richards to a one-year contract extension through the 2014-15 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Richards, 46, has led the Blue Jackets to a 42-38-9 record in 99 games behind the bench, including a 24-17-7 mark and franchise-best .573 winning percentage in 2012-13.  Columbus, which has also gone 27-0-0 in games in which it led after two periods under Richards, finished tied for eighth in the Western Conference last season with 55 points.  He was named head coach of the Blue Jackets on May 14, 2012, signing a two-year contract after originally joining the club as an assistant coach on June 20, 2011 and taking over as interim head coach on Jan. 9, 2012.

“We believe Todd is one of the top young coaches in our game and he has had a steadying influence on our team since taking over as head coach in January 2012,” said Kekalainen.  “The hard work put in by Todd and our coaching staff has been a big reason for our team’s improved play and we are excited that he will continue to serve as our head coach.”

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Columbus Coach Not Happy After Loss To Minnesota

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards let it be known last night that he has no interest in coaching the NHL’s lovable losers, a club full of players looking to lean on the closest excuse.

After a 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild before 17,584 in Xcel Energy Center — a game in which the Blue Jackets ended their woeful power-play slump and sneaked back from a 2-0 deficit — Richards lashed out at his team for putting in a half-day’s work.

“We played 30 minutes of hockey,” Richards said. “We played the first 10 minutes, and then we played the last 20. We tie it up and you want the point or the two points, but when you sit back and think about the game and how it went, how we played … In the end we got exactly what we deserved, because we weren’t good enough for 60 minutes.”

Was fatigue to blame? “Nope,” Richards said.

Was confidence lacking? Richards kept going.


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Remove The Interim From Todd Richard’s Job Title

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Todd Richards has been named head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets, the National Hockey League club announced today. Richards, who served as the club’s interim head coach over the final 41 games of the 2011-12 season, has agreed to a two-year contract through the 2013-14 season.

Richards, 45, joined the Blue Jackets as an assistant coach on June 20, 2011 and took over as interim head coach on January 9. He led the Blue Jackets to an 18-21-2 record, including a 16-14-1 mark over the final 31 games with wins in seven of its last 11 outings. Columbus also went 14-0-0 when taking a lead into the third period after dropping points in eight of its previous 17 games when leading after two periods (9-6-2).

“At the end of last season, Craig and I reviewed all aspects of the year and took a close look at the job Todd did leading our club over the final 41 games. As we analyzed available coaching candidates and individuals who might become available, it became very clear to us that he is the right person to lead our team,” said Howson. “Our team continuously improved under Todd and he has earned the opportunity to build upon the work he started.”

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Blue Jackets Hire Todd Richards as Assistant Coach

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today that former Minnesota Wild head coach Todd Richards has joined the club as an assistant coach.  Richards led the Wild to a 77-71-16 record from 2009-11.

“When looking at this position, I wanted someone with NHL head coaching experience who could come here and help us to do the right things and move our team forward and Todd fits that bill perfectly,” said Blue Jackets Head Coach Scott Arniel.  “I’ve coached against him numerous times and have always had great respect for him and how he prepared his teams.  Having been a part of the Minnesota, San Jose and Pittsburgh organizations the past several years, Todd brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be very valuable to me, our coaching staff and players.”

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Todd Richards Out In Minnesota

Originally posted 11:45am ET:

SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced Head Coach Todd Richards has been relieved of his coaching duties effective immediately.

“I would like to thank Todd for the hard work he provided to the Minnesota Wild organization the last two seasons and wish him the best in the future,” said Fletcher.
Update 2:42pm ET: From Michael Russo at the Star Tribune—

Richards’ reaction?

“Just disappointed. Just disappointed in myself, that’s all,” he said. “I needed to do a better job—simple as that.”

As veteran Andrew Brunette said Monday, it’s amazing how fast it unraveled.

“Eight weeks ago we’re talking about Todd as ‘Coach of the Year,’” Brunette said. “Things happened so fast.”

more  plus complete transcript of Richards comments

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Report- Richards Will Be Next Wild Coach

from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

Todd Richards will be the second coach in Wild history, multiple sources around the NHL tell the Star Tribune.

Sources say an official offer has been made, negotiations are underway and a news conference could come as early as Tuesday to introduce Richards, an assistant with the San Jose Sharks.


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