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June 28, 2013 | 4:34pm ET
Blue Jackets sign coach Richards to extension
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed head coach Todd Richards to a one-year contract extension through the 2014-15 season.

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.

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."

Richards has compiled a 119-109-25 record with the Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild during his NHL coaching career.

"I am very excited about the future of our team and I appreciate the support I've received from the McConnell family, Mike Priest, John Davidson, Jarmo Kekalainen and everyone at the Blue Jackets organization," said Richards. "We have made a lot of progress on the ice, but there is still a lot of work to be done and I'm looking forward to the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead."


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