The Columbus Blue Jackets are sticking with Todd Richards.

Richards, who guided Columbus to an 18-21-2 record after taking over from Scott Arniel halfway through the 2011-12 season, is getting a new two-year deal to stay on as the Blue Jackets' head coach. It will be the second NHL head coaching job for Richards, who coached the Minnesota Wild for two seasons before joining the Columbus staff as an assistant in 2010. He spent two seasons as the head coach of the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, guiding Pittsburgh's top minor league affiliate to the Calder Cup Finals in 2008.

The 45-year-old Minnesota native is the eighth head coach in the 11-year-history of the Columbus franchise, including two interim coaches. The team has qualified for the playoffs just once since beginning play in the 2000-01 season, and has never finished higher than third in the Central Division.

Columbus finished 29-46-7 in 2011-12, fifth in the Central Division.