Blue Jackets extend coach through 2014-15
The Columbus Blue Jackets have never won a playoff game in their brief history. Todd Richards may be the man to help change that.
Columbus announced that they were extending their head coach’s contract through the 2014-15 season after Richards lead the team to a 24-17-7 record in 2012-13, as the Blue Jackets missed out on a playoff spot due to a tiebreaker with the Minnesota Wild.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of this organization, and I’m excited, really excited, about the direction it’s headed,” he told The Columbus Dispatch after signing his extension. “It’s security… There’s no fretting or worrying about what’s going to happen next year. It’s all about the hockey, and winning hockey games.”
Many had predicted the Blue Jackets to finish the season near the bottom of the standings after trading the face of their franchise, Rick Nash, during the offseason. But Columbus exceeded expectations and finished the season as one of the hottest teams in the league, going 19-5-5 down the stretch.
Richards became coach in January of 2012 and has posted a 42-38-9 record in 89 games with the team. His .522 winning percentage is the highest in team history among coaches with at least 50 games.
”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,” Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen added to the Associated Press.
Now it’s Richards’ turn to get the Blue Jackets into the playoffs and be behind the bench for the franchise’s first postseason victory.