Blue Jackets extend head coach Todd Richards

Todd Richards has won 85 games in his time as Blue Jackets head coach thus far.

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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 our team," general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in a press release. "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."

Richards, 47, led the Blue Jackets to the Stanley Cup playoffs for the second time in club history in 2013-14, falling to the Penguins in six games in an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

He has gone 85-70-16 since beginning his tenure in Columbus as interim head coach in January of 2012 and eventually as head coach in May of 2012.

Before coming to Columbus, the Minnesota native Richards spent two seasons as head coach of the Minnesota Wild.

Richards was also a member of Team USA’s coaching staff at the Sochi games.