Friday, July 11, 2014
He is now best known nationally as the head coach who has helped turn the fortunes of the perennial doormat Columbus Blue Jackets. This past season he guided the Blue Jackets to their first-ever playoff win while taking the heavy-favorite Pittsburgh Penguins to six games in their first-round series. Of course, prior to landing in Columbus, Richards spent two years at the helm of his home-state Wild. Despite talent-starved and injury-plagued rosters, Richards finished over .500 in both of his seasons with the Wild, but was still ousted after just two years on the job. Perhaps I'm biased because he's a fellow Armstrong Falcon, but I still feel he got a raw deal in Minnesota. It's cool to see him having so much success in Columbus.