Todd Richards joins Blue Jackets

Updated: June 20, 2011, 4:58 PM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets say former Minnesota Wild head coach Todd Richards is joining their staff as an assistant coach.

Columbus coach Scott Arniel says he was looking for someone with head coaching experience to fill the job and he respects Richards, who was fired by Minnesota earlier this year.

Richards became Minnesota's coach in 2009 and led the team to a 77-71-16 record during his tenure. Before joining the Wild, he was an assistant coach with the San Jose ...

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