Michael Russo has covered the National Hockey League since 1995. He has covered the Minnesota Wild for the Star Tribune since 2005, after 10 years of covering the Florida Panthers for the Sun-Sentinel. He uses “Russo’s Rants” to feed a wide-ranging hockey-centric discussion with readers, and can be heard weekly on KFAN (100.3 FM) radio and seen weekly on Fox Sports North.

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Richards an NHL coach again

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild management Updated: January 9, 2012 - 10:29 AM

Todd Richards is the new coach of the Columbus Bluejackets.

Richards, fired as coach of the Wild after last season, takes over on an interim basis after Scott Arniel was fired this morning.  Richards had been Arniel's top assistant.

Columbus has the worst record (11-25-5) in the NHL. Richards' appointment will last the remainder of the season; he was 77-71-16 with the Wild from 2009-11.

The Bluejackets' next game is Tuesday night in Chicago.

Arniel was 45-60-18 since starting the 2010 season as head coach.

Richards, 45, was 38-36-8 in 2009-10 with the Wild and 39-35-8 last season.

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