Blue Jackets' Fedor Tyutin is 'Mr. Consistency'

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- In the six seasons since being traded to the Blue Jackets from the New York Rangers, Fedor Tyutin's point total has been a constant on a team in flux. With a low of 22 points in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 (48 games) season to a high of 34 points in 2008-09, Tyutin is almost the very definition of consistency. From the Merriam-Webster dictionary: Consistent...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Crashing the Net: Getting through the 'dog days' of camp...

Columbus, OH -- The "Dog Days of Summer" have reintroduced themselves to training camp as the Blue Jackets go through the mid-point of the preseason. Whether it's managing the potential for injury or giving the guys a little extra motivation during practice, Columbus head coach Todd Richards is riding herd on the players. "I think that the NHL guys that are here...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Crashing the net: Jackets not forgetting Penguins ended their season

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Tuesday brings the third game of the preseason as the Blue Jackets inch closer to the start of the season. Once again, there are players hoping to make a lasting impression on the coaching staff. With a rivalry that saw its genesis in the playoff series with Pittsburgh last year about to be renewed, players are getting anxious for the puck to drop. Head coach Todd...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Crashing the net: Hartnell knows from experience -- these Jackets are tenacious

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With opening night just 17 days hence, even the veterans are getting a bit anxious and excited. Head coach Todd Richards said Sunday that players don't want to practice, as they would much rather play the games. Players do know the importance of practicing, yet when they're this close to the start of the season, they want the puck to drop. Forward Scott...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Richards ready to take look at young Blue Jackets

Columbus -- Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards is ready to see if the players will respond to his challenge of getting faster. With a host of prospects, including three first-round draft picks from last year, suiting up for tonight's tilt versus the St. Louis Blues, it's time for the guys to show what they've got. "It wasn't intentionally done, thinking I...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Crashing the net: CBJ training camp notes

Columbus -- Along with head coach Todd Richards wanting the team to get faster mentally and physically, the organization has taken the next steps to bolster its depth. Two players were signed that bring speed and skill to the organizational depth of the Blue Jackets. Right wing Simon Hjalmarsson and center Brian Gibbons both signed one-year, two-way deals with the Blue Jackets over...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Crashing the net: CBJ training camp notes

Columbus, OH -- Head coach Todd Richards gave the players an edict to come into camp "faster", in condition and ready to go. It would seem that the players heeded his advice, as the adrenaline of the first on-ice practice of the 2014-15 season was up-tempo. How did he assess their first on-ice workout? "The energy level, it was exactly what I expected", said Richards...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Crashing the net: CBJ training camp notes

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- As they begin the on-ice portion of training camp, the Blue Jackets are without a pair of top-line forwards in Ryan Johansen (contract dispute) and Nathan Horton (non-surgical lingering back problem). But as head coach Todd Richards said on Wednesday, this is a story, but not the story. While this is an issue, the team is looking for guys in the lineup and in camp...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Energetic Tropp helps make Jackets fourth line a fearsome foe

Successful teams that make runs in the playoffs and contend for the Stanley Cup every year have many common denominators. One of those commonalities is the ability to roll four lines throughout the season and into a playoff run. These bottom-six forwards might not get much of the attention, but they are an integral part of the makeup of the team. They know what their job is when...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Busy summer ahead for Blue Jackets

As of Monday, there are 109 days until the Columbus Blue Jackets open the 2014-15 NHL season against the Buffalo Sabres in Buffalo, N.Y. Three months and sixteen days until they try and take the next step of making a deeper run in the playoffs. In between now and then, the wait may seem interminable to boisterous fans that were left wanting more. The building "brick-by-brick...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
June 23, 2014  |  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...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Todd Richards Receives “Well Earned” Extension From Blue Jackets

The Columbus Blue Jackets have announced that head coach Todd Richards has received 2-year contract extension. This hardly comes a surprise as the Blue Jackets just made there second postseason appearance in club history under Richards’ leadership. Watch Richards discuss his thoughts on his extension.  The post Todd Richards Receives “Well Earned” Extension From Blue Jackets...
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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...
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May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets sign head coach Richards to two-year extension

The Columbus Blue Jackets signed head coach Todd Richards to a two-years contract extension through the 2016-2017 season. The Blue Jackets announced the move in a press release on Tuesday. Richards was at the helm as the Blue Jackets finished with a franchise-best 43-32-7 record this season. The Blue Jackets qualified for the playoffs as a wild card team and were defeated in six...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Todd Richards Gets A Contract Extension In Columbus

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed Head Coach Todd Richards to a two-year contract extension through the 2016-17 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. The club will hold a press conference with Richards on Wednesday, May 28 at 10 a.m. at Nationwide Arena, which will also be streamed LIVE on and...
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May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

After memorable season, Blue Jackets coach wants team to play faster game

In the parity-driven NHL, to make progress is impressive -- to continue progress sets the elite franchises apart from the rest. And so the challenge begins -- again - for the Columbus Blue Jackets, a franchise that started to turn heads in the hockey world in the last half of the truncated 2012-13 season and continued to make significant steps forward in the season that just ended...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
May 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets focused on growth from within to continue success

The Columbus Blue Jackets ended their hockey season this week, falling to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals by a tally of four games to two. While they achieved franchise records including games won and goals scored, there is still work to do to reach the ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup. For a team that was worst in the league a scant two years...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
May 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Jackets Want Long-Term Deals For Richards, Staff

Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson and general manager Jarmo Kekalainen met with coach Todd Richards and his assistant coaches this morning in Nationwide Arena, barely 12 hours after the Jackets were bounced from the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Often, these "morning-after" meetings can be bad news for coaches, a handshake that includes...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets turn focus to forcing a Game Seven

Columbus -- No one gave them a chance of giving Pittsburgh a fight in the first round of the playoffs. But that, in fact, is just what they did. They've played a hard-nosed, Western Conference-style of hockey that the Penguins were not necessarily prepared for. "I think it's a product of believing," said Columbus left wing Matt Calvert. "You can look at the...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets expecting push from 'desperate' Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- Ahead of Game 5 tonight at Consol Energy Center, the Blue Jackets are expecting to see some pushback as the Penguins look to assert themselves in their barn. Columbus is relaxed, yet focused, as they get set to face a desperate team in Pittsburgh. "It's a 2-2 series," said Columbus head coach Todd Richards, "and this game is the next most important...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
April 26, 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...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Will Game Four require another desperate rally?

COLUMBUS, Ohio - In the last two games of a highly competitive series, desperation has won out. With Game Four tonight, that's not lost in the Columbus Blue Jackets locker room. Ditto just down the hallway with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Wednesday night brings one the Blue Jackets have to have, the biggest game in franchise history since the one two nights ago. In that game the...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Playoff Hockey Is Back In Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers, The Blue Jackets will be backed by a sold out crowd in Nationwide Arena tonight -- the diehards who have endured all along, those who drifted away and have fallen back in love, and the newbies who are getting their first look at the greatest spectacle in sports ... the Stanley Cup playoffs. Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said he was...
Via Kukla's Korner
April 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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