The Columbus Blue Jackets signed head coach Todd Richards to a two-years contract extension through the 2016-2017 season.

The Blue Jackets announced the move in a press release on Tuesday.

Richards was at the helm as the Blue Jackets finished with a franchise-best 43-32-7 record this season. The Blue Jackets qualified for the playoffs as a wild card team and were defeated in six games in the first round by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Overall, Richards has a record of 85-70-16 with the Blue Jackets in 171 games as head coach. Richards was named head coach on May 12, 2012 after serving a brief stint as interim coach of the team.