Columbus Blue Jackets: 5 Changes Todd Richards Must Make in First Full Season

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Columbus Blue Jackets: 5 Changes Todd Richards Must Make in First Full Season
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This season, the Columbus Blue Jackets will have their sixth full-time head coach in franchise history. Former assistant and interim head coach Todd Richards was promoted over the offseason.

Richards took over for former coach Scott Arniel on January 9, 2012 and finished the rest of the season with the Jackets, going 18-21-2 in the final 41 games.

The former Minnesota Wild head coach showed some signs of life at the end of the season, including a four-game winning streak to begin the month of March and winning five of their last six games to end the regular season.

Now Richards will have the challenge of beginning the post-Rick-Nash era in Columbus as the team is looking to move forward with their youth movement in the rebuilding process.

There is a lot of work to be done in Richards' first year and here are some key changes that should be at the top of his list.

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