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Todd Richards | Center

Team: Columbus Blue Jackets
Age / DOB:  (47) / 10/20/1966
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 190
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Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen offered a roadmap to success to his abundant pool of skilled prospects currently playing in the rookie tournament, stressing the need to play with heart.
"I want to see them play Blue Jackets hockey," Kekalainen said. "I want to see them play with heart, play with desire and a really good work ethic. That’s what we want from these players... courage, poise and all those things." The Jackets' hardworking identity was on display in last year's playoffs, when they pushed the highly favored Penguins to Game 6. Columbus will continue to build towards a blue-collar, ferocious lineup, and there are spots up for grabs for rookies to work for. Sep 14 - 1:07 PM

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Columbus has reached an agreement with the Kalamazoo Wings.

The club will be the Blue Jackets' ECHL affiliate for the 2014-15 season. "We are excited to have the Kalamazoo Wings as our new ECHL affiliate," said Jackets assistant GM Chris MacFarland, who will oversee hockey operations for the team's minor-league affiliates. "We look forward to working with Head Coach Nick Bootland and the entire K-Wings organization to help us develop some of the young players in our system."
Aug 21 - 2:14 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets don't plan on making a big splash on July 1.

The Blue Jackets lured Nathan Horton to Columbus last summer, but GM Jarmo Kekalainen thinks that at this point the team's growth needs to come from within the organization. "The team you see right now today is probably pretty close to what's going to be there when training camp starts (in September)," Kekalainen added. The Blue Jackets have a ton of cap space, although Kekalainen might not have permission to spend to the ceiling. Even if he does, he might be reluctant to because the Blue Jackets does have several young players that are going to be in line for sizable raises over the next few years and he wouldn't want to put him in a position where they're having a difficult time fitting their RFAs in under the cap.
Jul 1 - 9:00 AM

With Brad Larsen moving up to the Columbus Blue Jackets, it's believed that Jared Bednar will replace him as the AHL Springfield Falcon's head coach.

Bednar previously served as Larsen's assistant. The Falcons had a 47-23-1-5 record in 2013-14, but they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Providence Bruins.
Jun 17 - 8:57 AM

Columbus has signed associate coach Craig Hartsburg, goaltending coach Ian Clark and development coach Chris Clark to multi-year contract extensions.

The team also announced that Brad Larsen was being added as an assistant coach. "Our coaching staff, led by Todd Richards, has done a tremendous job and we're pleased to extend the contracts of Craig, Ian and Chris and to add a very bright young coach in Brad Larsen to the staff," GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. "We believe our coaching staff is as strong as any in the NHL and that they will continue to play pivotal roles in the development and success of our team moving forward."
Source: NHL.com
Jun 16 - 1:08 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets are thrilled to have inked Todd Richards to a contract extension.

"I think the way our team plays and how our identity has been established around the league is a credit to Todd and his coaching staff," Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. "We're regularly or widely viewed as a hard-working and hard-nosed, disciplined team and that often is a big reflection of how the coaching staff does their work. They've done a great job. I've said it many times: that’s why I came out right after the season and said I wanted to establish a long-term relationship with Todd." Richards will serve as the team's head coach until 2017 under his new deal. He led the team to the playoffs in 2013-14 for just the second time in the franchise's history. Still, the team's expectations will only go up from here and if Richards isn't able to build on the team's recent success, then he might not last until the end of this deal.
May 28 - 3:33 PM

Todd Richards has agreed to a two-year extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Richards guided the Blue Jackets for the third straight season in 2013-14 and led them to the playoffs for the second time in the franchise's history. He has a 85-70-16 career record with Columbus. "Todd has done an outstanding job for the Columbus Blue Jackets and we're pleased that he will continue to lead our team," said Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen. "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."
May 27 - 4:17 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have seen a boost in season-ticket sales as a result of them making the playoffs.

More specifically, 800 new season tickets have been sold since April 1. That represents a 22% gain over last year. Columbus might end up with about 10,000 season tickets sold by the beginning of 2014-15, up from 7,000 in 2013-14.
May 8 - 8:57 AM

An oddity of the Marian Gaborik trade the Columbus Blue Jackets made with the Los Angeles Kings is that the fate of the second round pick they've received is in the hands of Anaheim.

The Kings traded a conditional second round pick this year or next year to Toronto, which then sent it to the Ducks. Los Angeles later acquired Gaborik, using their second round pick from 2014 or 2015 as part of the deal. How that works is that the Ducks will get to choose which year they prefer and then the Blue Jackets will be left with the other year. Given that the 2015 draft is expected to be deep, Anaheim will probably let Columbus have the 2014 pick instead. The Blue Jackets also will get a third-round pick by virtue of the Kings reaching the second round. Meanwhile, Gaborik has caught fire with six goals and nine points in nine playoff games.
May 8 - 8:53 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets aren't likely to make any major signings over the summer.

Last year, the Blue Jackets inked Nathan Horton to a seven-year, $37.1 million contract. This time around, they're more likely to not rock the boat much after taking a big step forward, but they do have the cap space to add significant talent if they wanted to.
May 2 - 9:37 AM

Columbus coach Todd Richards wants his team to get quicker.

"We've got to be faster. Our individuals have to be faster, meaning the players. We need to use the summer to train better, get faster," he said. "And as a coaching staff we have to coach to play faster. I'm talking about systematically, how we play as a team. The competitiveness of our team was right there -- the battle level, the will, the want. But in Game 5 (of the first-round playoff series), Pittsburgh elevated it's play, and it caught us off-guard a little bit. They were playing faster than we were. I came out of the game thinking we have to play faster." It's a bit refreshing that a coach wants to add speed rather than size, but that probably depends on what team eliminated them from the playoffs with.
May 1 - 5:52 PM

Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen is interested in signing coach Todd Richards to a long-term deal.

"It will bring stability to the organization," Kekalainen said. Richards has been the head coach of the Blue Jackets for parts of three seasons and led them to their franchise's first postseason victories this season. He has a career 162-141-32 record between his work with Columbus and Minnesota.
Apr 30 - 9:41 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets could make some roster changes for Game 6 Monday.

The Blue Jackets lost 3-1 in Game 5 as the Penguins fired 51 shots on goal, so changes could definitely be made. Coach Todd Richards said that the team could switch up the line combinations, especially if the Penguins keep Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin together on the top line. "There are things as a coaching staff we’re mulling over," Richards said.
Apr 28 - 8:13 AM

After winning 13 faceoffs and losing only six in the first period Saturday, the Blue Jackets won only 10 of 35 in the final two periods.

The Penguins dominated in the final two stanzas and at the face off dot was no exception. Pittsburgh also had 36 shots on goal in the last two periods including one into the empty net that sealed the win. Game 6 is Monday in Columbus and the Blue Jackets will face elimination down three games to two.
Apr 27 - 6:59 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets overcame a 3-0 deficit to earn their franchise's first playoff victory at home on Wednesday.

"I'm not sure you'd ever want to script being down 3-0 to Pittsburgh," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "But I'm pretty sure you couldn't script a better ending." The series is now tied and in each contest, the team to take a 2-goal lead first has lost. Game 5 will be held on Saturday.
Apr 24 - 9:10 AM

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PosRoleName
C1Ryan Johansen
2Brandon Dubinsky
3Artem Anisimov
4Brian Gibbons
5Ryan Craig
LW1Scott Hartnell
2Nick Foligno
3Boone Jenner
4Matt Calvert
5Mark Letestu
6Sonny Milano
RW1Nathan Horton
2Cam Atkinson
3Jared Boll
4Corey Tropp
5Jerry D'Amigo
D1James Wisniewski
2Jack Johnson
3Fedor Tyutin
4Ryan Murray
5David Savard
6Dalton Prout
G1Sergei Bobrovsky
2Curtis McElhinney