Coach Todd Richards signed a two-year contract extension through 2016-17 on Tuesday after leading the Columbus Blue Jackets to the most successful season in franchise history.

The Jackets won a team-record 43 games this past season and reached the Stanley Cup playoffs for the second time in history, losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games during the opening round.

"Todd has done an outstanding job for the Columbus Blue Jackets and we're pleased that he will continue to lead our team," Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in a statement. "We believe he is one of the top young coaches in the NHL because of his knowledge of the game, work ethic and ability to communicate well and bring out the best in our players."

In 171 games as Columbus coach, Richards has a 85-70-16 record for a .544 winning percentage, the best in franchise history. The Blue Jackets narrowly missed the playoffs during the 2012-13 season.

"He's played a significant role in our recent success and we look forward to having him continue to be a big part of our franchise moving forward," Kelalainen said.

The 47-year-old Richards took over halfway through the 2011-12 season when he was promoted from assistant to head coach, replacing Scott Arniel. Richards previously served as the Minnesota Wild's head coach from 2009 to 2011.