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Richards hired as Blue Jackets' assistant @NHL
Cross former Minnesota coach Todd Richards off the list of available coaches. The Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday announced that Richards has joined the club as an assistant coach to Scott Arniel.

"When looking at this position, I wanted someone with NHL head coaching experience who could come here and help us do the right things and move our team forward, and Todd fits that bill perfectly," Arniel said in a statement.

Richards went 77-71-16 in two seasons with the Wild. He coached against Arniel in the AHL when he was with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Arniel was with Manitoba Moose. The two reportedly exchanged scouting reports because they coached in different conferences.

"I've coached against him numerous times and have always had great respect for him and how he prepared his teams," Arniel said. "Having been a part of the Minnesota, San Jose and Pittsburgh organizations the past several years, Todd brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be very valuable to me, our coaching staff and players."

Richards previously was an assistant to Todd McLellan in San Jose for the 2008-09 season. He spent two seasons as the coach with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, winning 98 games and taking the Penguins to the 2008 Calder Cup Final. He was an assistant with the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL from 2002-06.
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