Todd Richards Will Keep Head Coaching Job For Columbus Blue Jackets

April 5, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards stands behind his bench during the third period of the game against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. The Blue Jackets defeated the Avalanche, 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Todd Richards has been given the title of Head Coach by the Columbus Blue Jackets after acting as interim head coach for 42 games last season.

It wasn't exactly a banner year for the Columbus Blue Jackets, as any year would be when you fire your head coach halfway through the season. Scott Arniel was jettisoned back on January 9, and Todd Richards took over the helm as the interim coach.

The Jackets have apparently decided that Richards is a keeper, as they've dropped the 'interim' label and given him the full on head coach position officially, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Richards, who took over when Scott Arniel was fired on Jan. 9, will have the "interim" tag lifted from his title later today, The Dispatch has learned. He has signed a two-year contract, the financial terms of which were not immediately available.

Under Richards, the Jackets were far improved in the later stages of the season with some big wins in March capping off their season well despite the incredibly slow start; their record under him was 18-21-2. Richards is the sixth full time head coach in the short but turbulent history of the team.

For more on the Columbus Blue Jackets, head over to The Cannon, SB Nation's home for Columbus news and analysis. More on the NHL in general can be found at SB Nation's NHL hub.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Cleveland

You must be a member of SB Nation Cleveland to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Cleveland. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Cleveland

You must be a member of SB Nation Cleveland to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Cleveland. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.