With all the drama of the Sergei Bobrovsky contract talks, and the 2013 NHL Draft, a topic slipped through the cracks. Coach Todd Richards signed a one year contract extension. This would have been discussed more thoroughly if it weren’t for the other two huge topics/events. So lets take a look at it now, since Bobrovsky is signed and the draft now over.
With coaches being fired left and right, it is nice a see a coach like Richards getting a contract extension, albeit only for one extra year. With new management in town though, it shows that they have faith in him, at least for the time being. Richards is yet to coach a full 82 game season, barring any unforeseen travesties, we should see what he can do in a full season with the revamped team.
The beginning of the 2012-13 season was not looking good for Richards and the Blue Jackets, but at the end of the season he and the team turned it around to make an amazing run towards the playoffs. Just falling centimeters away, the Blue Jackets ended up going 19-5-5, a feet that I am sure helped earn him this contract extension. With a final record of 24-17-7, the Blue Jackets will have to step it up another notch next year to ensure a playoff birth.
Todd Richards had this to say about the new GM;
Jarmo and I had some time to spend together, along with the other coaches so we could get to know each other a little bit. I think there’s still more for us to learn about each other, but I think this shows some confidence in me and our staff by giving the extension. We’re really looking forward to the start of next season.
Richards comments on this past season, and what is expected for next year;
It’s going to be up to the coaches for us to be better next season, but also to the guys who are returning. We weren’t good enough last year, it’s as simple as that; you can take away all the good things, but we weren’t good enough in a 48-game schedule and now we have to be ready for an 82-game schedule.