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Todd Richards | Center

Team: Columbus Blue Jackets
Age / DOB:  (49) / 10/20/1966
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 190

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have fired head coach Todd Richards.
He was let go Wednesday morning after Columbus was defeated by the Islanders by a a score of 4-0 on Tuesday night. That dropped the team's record to 0-7-0. The Jackets entered the year with high expectations and they will try to pick themselves up with a new coach. Richards will be replaced by John Tortorella, who has not coached since he was fired by the Vancouver Canucks after the 2013-14 season. Oct 21 - 9:42 AM

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The Columbus Blue Jackets' 0-7-0 start has matched the modern day record for the worst opening to a season.

The Blue Jackets will have that dubious distinction all to themselves if they lose to Minnesota on Thursday. It's still very early in the season, but it will be challenging for Columbus to dig itself out of this hole. The Blue Jackets entered this season with such promise, but it's already looking like a disaster.
Oct 21 - 8:42 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets are looking to acquire a defenseman.

If Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen was successful in trading for one, it might spark the 0-6-0 team, but getting a blueliner this early in the season is a difficult task. "There's nothing available that fits our plans, or the price is so steep that ... you can't do that," Kekalainen said. "Misery loves company, right? So you talk to teams that are in a similar situation and try to work something out, but it's not easy." In other words, don't count on the Blue Jackets getting outside help in the near future.
Oct 20 - 8:27 AM

Todd Richards run as the head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets may be coming to an end.

The Blue Jackets have started off the season with six straight losses and GM Jarmo Kekalainen may not want to let the season get away from him. This is nothing new for Richards as in the previous four seasons with him at the helm, the Blue Jackets were at the bottom of the standings in the conference or league after two months. We doubt Kekalainen will wait that long.
Oct 18 - 6:30 AM

It sounds like the Columbus Blue Jackets are feeling the effects of their 0-3-0 start.

"I'm surprised how, in just five days, we've gone from a very confident group to something that's the opposite of that," Blues Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. "Our confidence, our game … it's off the rails right now. There's no excuse for how we played in Buffalo. No excuse. Every team in this league is a good team, but there's no excuse to come out with an effort like that, to go off the rails, so far from the way we're supposed to be playing." The Blue Jackets entered the season amid expectations that they'd compete for a playoff spot if they could stay healthy. It's far too early to write them off, but it is important that they don't let this snowball. Columbus will play Ottawa on Wednesday.
Oct 14 - 10:00 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have been surrendering goals in bunches early this season.

The Blue Jackets surrendered a trio of goals over a 1:17 minute stretch in their season opener and another three goals during a 4:28 minute window in their second contest of the season. They consequently lost both of those games. "You dig a 3-0 hole on the road, in a tough environment against a really good team, you're asking for it," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "And beyond that, there were about five opportunities after it was 3-0 where it was just them and our goalie. We had major, major breakdowns." It's too early for Columbus to panic, but they certainly need to prevent this from becoming a trend. The Blue Jackets will play against Buffalo on Monday.
Oct 12 - 8:16 AM

Barring a late minute setback, it's looking like Columbus will be relatively healthy going into the regular season.

That's in contrast to 2014 when Nathan Horton, Boone Jenner, and Brandon Dubinsky were all sidelined going into what would be a devastating season for the Blue Jackets from an injury perspective. Columbus has a pretty solid team and if it can stay about on par with the rest of the league in terms of man games lost to injuries, then there's a decent chance that the Blue Jackets will make the playoffs.
Oct 2 - 10:55 AM

The Blue Jackets lost 508 man-games to injuries last season, a franchise record by more than 100 games and tops in the NHL.

President of hockey operations John Davidson, however, has concluded that it was a case of "bad luck" rather than a problem with team staff. "We’ve studied our doctors, we’ve studied our trainers, we’ve studied how our players are conditioned," Davidson said. "It’s just flat-out bad luck what we went through last season."
Jul 19 - 11:34 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have named Bill Zito as the new general manager of the AHL Lake Erie Monsters.

Chris MacFarland was serving in that capacity until he joined the Colorado Avalanche's organization. Zito is a former player agent whose clients included Tuukka Rask and Kimmo Timonen.
Jun 23 - 4:16 PM

Columbus has added Kenny McCudden to its coaching staff as an assistant.

McCudden formerly served as the skating and skills coach for AHL Chicago Wolves, so he's likely to incorporate that into practices for the Blue Jackets.
Jun 18 - 4:26 PM

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

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

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