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Updated: January 9th, 2012 11:12am
Former Wild coach Todd Richards named interim coach in Columbus

Former Wild coach Todd Richards named interim coach in Columbus

by Tom Pelissero
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Todd Richards is an NHL coach again.

The Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday fired coach Scott Arniel and elevated Richards to interim coach for the rest of the season.

Richards, 45, was 77-71-16 in two seasons as Minnesota Wild coach before the team fired him on April 11.

A Robbinsdale native and former Gopher, Richards joined Columbus as an assistant coach shortly after the Wild dismissed him.

The Blue Jackets (11-25-5) rank dead last in the NHL with 27 points.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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