Luke Richardson was initially viewed as a candidate to become the Buffalo Sabres’ new bench boss. That didn’t happen though, so today he agreed to a one-year contract extension with the Ottawa Senators, per the team’s website.
Richardson will be entering his fourth season as the AHL Binghamton Senators’ head coach. He has a 122-82-11-13 record and the team has reached the postseason twice over that span. He’s also been credited with guiding the Senators’ recent success stories, such as Mark Stone and Mike Hoffman.
The retired defenseman is a veteran of 1,417 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Ottawa Senators. When he retired after playing in two contests in 2008-09, he joined the Ottawa Senators coaching staff as an assistant. He stayed in that role for three seasons before assuming his current job with Binghamton.
“We’re very excited to have Luke back behind the bench next season,” said Binghamton Senators GM Randy Lee. “As we witnessed with last week’s development camp, the growth and development of the young players in our organization is one of our highest priorities. Luke has shown a tremendous ability to push our players to be better and, even more importantly, to be fully prepared when they get the call to the National Hockey League.”