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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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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

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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

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

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C1Ryan Johansen
2Brandon Dubinsky
3Alexander Wennberg
4Gregory Campbell
5William Karlsson
LW1Scott Hartnell
2Brandon Saad
3Boone Jenner
4Matt Calvert
RW1Nick Foligno
2Cam Atkinson
3Jared Boll
4David Clarkson
5Rene Bourque
6Josh Anderson
7Daniel Zaar
D1Jack Johnson
2David Savard
3Ryan Murray
4Fedor Tyutin
5Kevin Connauton
6Dalton Prout
7Cody Goloubef
G1Sergei Bobrovsky
2Curtis McElhinney