May 14, 2012
NHL notes: Jackets keep Richards with two-year contract
By QMI AGENCY
Todd Richards got good news on two fronts Monday.
First, the Columbus Blue Jackets dropped the interim tag Richards carried since replacing fired head coach Scott Arniel midway through last season. Then the Jackets gave him a new two-year contract.
"At the end of last season, Craig (Patrick) and I reviewed all aspects of the year and took a close look at the job Todd did leading our club over the final 41 games," Jackets general manager Scott Howson said. "As we analyzed available coaching candidates and individuals who might become available, it became very clear to us that he is the right person to lead our team. Our team continuously improved under Todd and he has earned the opportunity to build upon the work he started."
Richards, 45, went 18-21-2 after taking over the Blue Jackets on Jan. 9.
New York Rangers coach John Tortorella continues to fine-tune his technique at press conferences -- the ones where he he says as little as possible.
In a midday address Monday, Tortorella answered six questions with a total of 31 words, according to a transcript from NBCsports.com.
Among his answers: "We're fine"; "No, none"; "It's a bunch of crap"; and "I just feel that way."
Tortorella didn't set a new low for his press events, though. Earlier in the playoffs he uttered just 27 words, most of the one syllable variety.
Capitals forward Jay Beagle, 26, suffered a broken foot in Game 5 against the Rangers and will require surgery. He missed the last two games of the series. McPhee said he didn't know whether it was a left or right foot. "One of those two," McPhee said Monday ... If oddsmakers are to be believed, the Los Angeles Kings are the new favourites to win the Stanley Cup. According to online bookmaker Bovada, the Kings are 7/5 faves (they were 2/1 before winning Game 1 against Phoenix). Rounding out the field are the New York Rangers (11/5), New Jersey Devils (10/3) and Coyoyes (6/1).