Lightning Hire Todd Richards As Assistant Coach

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced that they have hired Todd Richards today. The NHL coaching veteran will join Jon Cooper’s staff as an assistant coach. He will replace Steve Thomas. With more than 400 career NHL games on his resume, Richards brings a wealth of head coaching experience to the Lightning. He has a career record of 204-183-37 over the course of seven seasons with...
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June 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Tortorella using conflict to push honesty with Blue Jackets

Columbus Blue Jackets  head coach John Tortorella is no stranger to conflict, and it seems he’s still adopting that approach despite being much calmer in Columbus. In an excellent piece by Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, Tortorella opens up about the changes he’s made. Torts discusses becoming more of a teacher, while not doing so much yelling in practice – something...
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February 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Blue Jackets fire Todd Richards, insert John Tortorella

The Columbus Blue Jackets are shaking things up in a big way. The Blue Jackets reportedly fired head coach Todd Richards on Wednesday after a horrific 0-7-0 start to the season. They’ll replace him with veteran head coach John Tortorella, TSN’s Darren Dreger reported. The Blue Jackets became the first team since the 1997-98 Chicago Blackhawks to start the season 0-7-0 after...
October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets GM unhappy with slow start

Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen isn’t happy with what he’s seen from his club so far, who’ve gotten off to a putrid 0-4 start. The team has lost four consecutive games, falling to the New York Rangers (twice), Buffalo Sabres, and Senators while getting outscored 20-9 (-11 is the worst goal differential in the league) and Kekalainen let his team know...
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October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

With success, Jackets add stability by extending Richards

During the 2013-14 season, eight of the 30 teams in the NHL made a change at the head coaching position. The Columbus Blue Jackets are thankful not to be one of them. Tuesday, the organization announced a two-year extension for head coach Todd Richards -- one that General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen called well-deserved and earned. "We're fortunate right now that we're in that situation...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets, Todd Richards reach extension agreement

Today the Columbus Blue Jackets announced that Head Coach Todd Richards received an extension that will make him coach at least through the 2016-17 season. Being only the second coach in Blue Jackets history to lead them to the playoffs, the fans’ expectations were lower than for most coaches. The extension is a sign of good will between the front office and coaching staff, when...
Via BS Hockey
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets Head Coach Todd Richards Inks Two-year Extension

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed head coach Todd Richards to a two-year contract extension through the 2016-17 season. The 47-year-old Richards, formerly head coach of the Minnesota Wild, has led Columbus to an 85-70-16 record, including a franchise-best mark of 43-32-7 in 2013-14. The Jackets qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the second time and...
May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets extend head coach Todd Richards

Head coach Todd Richards will be sticking around for more after leading the Blue Jackets to their most successful season in franchise history. The Blue Jackets announced Tuesday that the team has signed Richards to a two-year contract extension through the 2016-17 season. "Todd has done an outstanding job for the Columbus Blue Jackets and we're pleased that he will continue to lead...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Richards praises fans' impact on CBJ's epic Game 4 comeback

Was it worth the wait? Only an original, or at least a long-time Columbus Blue Jackets fan, can answer that question accurately. But there is one thing on which all who witnessed the Columbus comeback win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Wednesday night's Game 4 can agree: When the Blue Jackets decided to win the first playoff game in franchise history, they did it in absolute, unequivocal...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Richards says Jackets weren't 'emotionally into game' in 6-1 loss

Playing the defending Stanley Cup Champions should be an occasion where a team rises to the challenge. This close to the end of the season and in the midst of a tight battle for a playoff position, intensity and hard work get ramped up. Contenders rise as the rest begin to fall by the wayside. As the saying goes, it's time to separate the wheat from the chaff. Being down 5-1 and...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

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