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Blue Jackets sign head coach Richards to two-year extension

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5/27/2014 4:11:59 PM
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The Columbus Blue Jackets signed head coach Todd Richards to a two-years contract extension through the 2016-2017 season.

The Blue Jackets announced the move in a press release on Tuesday.

Richards was at the helm as the Blue Jackets finished with a franchise-best 43-32-7 record this season. The Blue Jackets qualified for the playoffs as a wild card team and were defeated in six games in the first round by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Overall, Richards has a record of 85-70-16 with the Blue Jackets in 171 games as head coach. Richards was named head coach on May 12, 2012 after serving a brief stint as interim coach of the team.

"Todd has done an outstanding job for the Columbus Blue Jackets and we're pleased that he will continue to lead our team," General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in a statement. "We believe he is one of the top young coaches in the NHL because of his knowledge of the game, work ethic and ability to communicate well and bring out the best in our players. He's played a significant role in our recent success and we look forward to having him continue to be a big part of our franchise moving forward."

"I'm looking forward to continuing to help this club grow and achieve its ultimate goal of winning a Stanley Cup championship," Richards said in a press release.

Todd Richards (Photo: Andy King/NHLI via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Andy King/NHLI via Getty Images)
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