Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson and general manager Jarmo Kekalainen met with coach Todd Richards and his assistant coaches this morning in Nationwide Arena, barely 12 hours after the Jackets were bounced from the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Often, these "morning-after" meetings can be bad news for coaches, a handshake that includes a pink slip. But this was just the opposite.

"I told the coaches today that we, as an organization, would like to make a long-term commitment to the whole group of them, because they've earned it," Kekalainen said. "It will bring stability to the organization.

"We'll start with Todd, because it's his staff. But we'll talk to him and go through the process and try to get him under a long-term deal, and then get his assistants (associate coach Craig Hartsburg, assistant coach Dan Hinote and goaltending coach Ian Clark) on board with contracts that are of the same length."

Richards is 85-70-16 since taking over the Blue Jackets halfway through the 2011-12 season, including a 43-32-7 record this season that included franchise records for wins (43) and points (93). The Jackets earned only the second playoff berth in franchise history, and earned the franchise's first two playoff wins.

The Blue Jackets were 11-25-5 under previous coach Scott Arniel when Richards was promoted to interim coach after Arniel was fired.

Only Ken Hitchcock (125) has more coaching wins for the Blue Jackets, but no coach has had a better winning percentage that Richards' .544.