Joe Yerdon

Blue Jackets sign coach Richards to one-year extension

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Coach Todd Richards’ efforts to get the Columbus Blue Jackets to within a point of the playoffs have been rewarded.

The team announced they’ve signed Richards to a one-year extension to keep him in charge of the team through the 2014-2015 season.

Columbus went 24-17-7 this past season much in thanks to the play of Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky. While the Jackets struggled scoring goals, his play and the play of Columbus’ defense helped keep them in more games than not. It also made them one of the more dangerous teams to face down the stretch.

Now Richards will see what he can do with the Jackets over the course of a full 82-game season. Of course, bringing back Bobrovsky will be an important part of that and he’s still being coy with Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen about returning there.

PHT Extra: What will the Avalanche do with the first pick?

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Mike and Jason sit down with Kay Adams to discuss the many ways the Colorado Avalanche can go about handling the first pick overall in the NHL Draft.

Do they go with the big defenseman who grew up worshiping Joe Sakic in Seth Jones or do they go with offense in Nathan MacKinnon or Jonathan Drouin? The guys discuss their many options.

Rangers will not buy out Brad Richards this summer

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Brad Richards doesn’t have to worry about leaving New York this summer.

The Rangers announced theywill not be using a compliance on any players this summer, including Richards. That gives him a season to prove to new head coach Alain Vigneault as well as to GM Glen Sather that his struggles last season under John Tortorella were an aberration.

Richards’ struggles with the Rangers last season were well documented by the end of the season and into the playoffs. There he found himself going from a fourth line player to a healthy scratch in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

All this means now is that Richards has a full season to show the Rangers he’s worth keeping around. The NHL has another round of compliance buyouts next summer. The Rangers have already used one of their two buyouts on Wade Redden before the season began.

Report: Flyers shopping Braydon Coburn

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The Flyers might be busy moving out a defenseman during the offseason.

TSN’s Darren Dreger reports Philadelphia is looking at trading blueliner Braydon Coburn. His source comes from a rival GM who has heard about Coburn’s availability and the Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes are two teams that could seek to get involved.

Both the Oilers and Hurricanes have drastic needs to upgrade their defense corps and both teams can afford Coburn’s $4.5 million cap hit over the next three years of his contract. Of course, Coburn was one of Philly’s better defenders last season and while they’ve signed Mark Streit to a four-year deal, he’s not-so hot of a defender.

If the Flyers do move Coburn at the draft, you wonder if they’re asking to swap first-round picks as part of the deal. With some highly-regarded defenders available early on, the Flyers might look to grab one even higher. Philly currently has the No. 11 pick overall in the first.

Video: Corey Crawford gives a legendarily profane Cup rally speech

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Today was the day for the Chicago Blackhawks to celebrate their Stanley Cup victory with the people of Chicago. They managed to do so in a way that made us all think back to how they did it back in 2010 and goalie Corey Crawford put the cherry on top.

Patrick Kane awarded Crawford with their “championship belt” and handed off the podium to him. There he let the fans and the team know how hard he thought they worked for the title as Nina Falcone at CSNChicago.com so eloquently transcribed.

“F***** right, Chicago! Biggest bunch of beauties in the league, f***** worked their n*** off for this trophy! Wooo! No one will ever take this away from us! We’re the champs!”

Bless you and your foul mouth, Corey Crawford.