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Todd Richards | Center

Team: Columbus Blue Jackets
Age / DOB:  (48) / 10/20/1966
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 190
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The Columbus Blue Jackets have struggled in the first two months of the season during all four years of Todd Richards reign behind the bench.
"I’ve been here four years," Richards said. "And, really, in all four years, we’ve ended up at the bottom (of the conference or league) after two months of the season. One year, we dug ourselves out (2013-14). The other year, we almost got out of it (2013). The other two, (2012-13 and 2014-15) we weren’t able to. I think it’s our attitude, our approach. There were some things that happened this year — the injuries — and they had a devastating effect. That is the reality. But we have to find a way to not have the major dips. We might have injuries next season. We have to find a way to stay afloat. We started to get back to the surface, and we got our heads above the surface, but it wasn’t enough." The 2015-16 start to the season should be interesting for the Blue Jackets. Apr 26 - 7:22 AM

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have officially signed an affiliation agreement with the Lake Erie Monsters.

The Monsters play in Cleveland, compared to the Blue Jackets' old affiliate, which played in Springfield, Massachusetts. This change will make things easier on the Blue Jackets as their AHL affiliate will be closer to home. "The Blue Jackets couldn't be more excited and proud to have the Lake Erie Monsters as our American Hockey League affiliate," said Davidson. "Both organizations are committed to winning and providing a great experience for hockey fans and we believe Cleveland, whose hockey roots date to the late-1920s, is the perfect place for our young players to grow, develop and have great success. Our sport has grown tremendously throughout the state of Ohio in recent years and we believe this partnership between two great hockey markets will allow us to continue that growth."
Apr 17 - 12:48 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets will reportedly move their AHL affiliate to Cleveland for the 2015-16 campaign.

To do that, the Blue Jackets would take the Lake Erie Monsters, which was affiliated with the Colorado Avalanche in 2014-15, under it's umbrella. Columbus' current affiliate, the Springfield Falcons, would become affiliated with the Arizona Coyotes instead. The benefit for the Blue Jackets is obvious as these alterations make geographical sense for them.
Apr 17 - 10:46 AM

Todd Richards won his 126th game behind the Columbus bench on Friday to become the franchise record holder for the Blue Jackets.

Former coach Ken Hitchcock won 125 games as the bench boss in Columbus. Richards is 126-105-21 in his Jackets career while Hitchcock was 125-123-36 during his tenure.
Apr 11 - 6:46 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets surpassed 500 man-games lost on Wednesday.

More precisely, they have lost 502 man-games in 2014-15, which is both the most in the NHL this season and by far the worst Columbus has ever endured. Columbus will miss the playoffs as a consequence of its bad luck, but it is still a solid team. If the Blue Jackets are healthier in 2015-16, then it wouldn't be surprising to see them make the playoffs.
Apr 9 - 10:47 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets are on a nine game winning streak.

That is an NHL best this season and the red-hot Blue Jackets are now the eighth-worst team in the NHL with 82 points. The Blue Jackets have been decimated with injuries this season and will look to be a playoff team next season, if players can remain relatively healthy.
Apr 6 - 5:27 AM

Todd Richards is only one win away from tying Ken Hitchcock's franchise record for career wins.

The 5-3 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday was Richards 124th win behind the bench of the Blue Jackets. Columbus plays four times next week including home games against the weak Maple Leafs and Sabres so he should be able to set the record.
Apr 5 - 5:40 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets are on the brink of being mathematically eliminated from contention for a playoff spot.

If Boston beats Florida on Tuesday or Columbus loses to New Jersey, that will officially eliminate the Blue Jackets. While this was a disappointing season for Columbus, the squad would have been eliminated significantly sooner if it wasn't enjoying a late season hot streak. Columbus has won six straight games and 10 of its last 12 contests.
Mar 31 - 9:43 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have set or tied a number of franchise records recently.

Columbus has established new franchise records in road wins (22), road points (46), and road winning streak (eight games). Their record for the most victories in March (10) was also matched on Saturday. Despite all that, Columbus still has no chance of making the playoffs, but the squad's recent surge does give them reason to be optimistic going into 2015-16.
Mar 30 - 9:11 AM

Goaltending coach Ian Clark tore a ligament in his elbow during Thursday's practice.

The Blue Jackets 2014-15 campaign was decimated by injuries and it's gotten to the point where even their coaches are getting hurt. Clark revealed that he will probably need Tommy John surgery as a result of the injury. That will impact his ability to work with a stick, but he added, "I can still point and I can still yell."
Mar 27 - 10:59 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have tied a franchise record by winning six straight road games.

Columbus has seven wins over its last nine games, including its contests at home. The Blue Jackets will host the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday before they get the opportunity to break the record in Chicago on Friday. Whether or not they manage to best the Blackhawks, the Blue Jackets' play on the road will be noteworthy this season given their current 20-15-2 away from home compared with their 13-20-2 record at Nationwide Arena.
Mar 22 - 9:27 AM

Columbus hasn't won in Edmonton since Jan. 7, 2010.

That adds up to six straight defeats, all in regulation, for the Blue Jackets against the Oilers. That's obviously not great under any circumstances, but it's particularly disappointing when you consider how bad the Oilers teams have been over that span. Columbus will get a chance to end that drought Wednesday night.
Mar 18 - 9:17 AM

Columbus has been outscored 16-5 in first periods over their last nine games.

Unsurprisingly, the Blue Jackets have gone 1-7-1 in that span. Columbus has long since missed its shot at a playoff spot and it's hard to be too critical towards the Blue Jackets for that given their injury woes this season. At this point though, even a strong finish to the 2014-15 campaign is looking like a long shot. The only real positive is that they may end up with a decent draft position and an okay chance of winning the draft lottery. They currently rank 25th in the league with 58 points in 65 games.
Mar 9 - 9:24 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets were shut out for fifth time this season Saturday.

The bad news is that four of the shutouts have come at home where the Blue Jackets have won only 12 times, tied for 27th in the NHL. That's not a good way to keep the hometown fans happy.
Mar 8 - 7:50 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets are leading the league with 406 man-games lost.

Most recently David Clarkson suffered a potentially season ending injury mere days after being acquired by the Blue Jackets. Keep Columbus' misfortune in the back of your mind because its unlikely that they'll be this unlucky again in 2015-16. The Blue Jackets might be a serious competitor for a playoff spot next season even if they don't make major upgrades over the summer.
Mar 5 - 9:33 AM

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All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Johansen
2Brandon Dubinsky
3Artem Anisimov
4Mark Letestu
LW1Scott Hartnell
2Nick Foligno
3Matt Calvert
4Jack Skille
5Corey Tropp
6Boone Jenner
7Jeremy Morin
RW1Cam Atkinson
2Alexander Wennberg
3Jared Boll
4David Clarkson
5Rene Bourque
6Marko Dano
D1Jack Johnson
2Fedor Tyutin
3Ryan Murray
4David Savard
5Kevin Connauton
6Justin Falk
7Cody Goloubef
8Dalton Prout
G1Sergei Bobrovsky
2Curtis McElhinney