Columbus keeps interim coach Richards permanently

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Todd Richards will stay on as the Columbus Blue Jackets' coach.

Richards became interim coach in January when Scott Arniel was fired. The team said Monday that he had agreed to a two-year contract after the Blue Jackets' record improved under the 45-year-old former Minnesota Wild coach.

Details of the deal were not released.

Richards led Columbus for the final 41 games of the season after being elevated from assistant coach.

General manager Scott Howson says the team showed continuous improvement, going 18-21-2 under Richards' direction. The Blue Jackets finished the season with the NHL's worst record at 29-46-7.

Richards led Minnesota to a 38-36-8 record in 2009-10 and a 39-35-8 mark in 2010-11 before joining Columbus as an assistant last summer.

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