A day after saying his team played just a “30-minute game” in a 3-2 loss to Minnesota, Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards joined 97.1 The Fan for his call-in show.
Among the highlights…
- Against the Wild, Richards argued his team started to “retreat,” and the team in front of goalie Steve Mason “disappeared” after Mikko Koivu scored a goal, which Mason “probably would have wanted back.” Richards didn’t try to explain this, but it makes you wonder if Mason’s tough 2011-2012 season still weighs on the mind of some of his teammates. After all, why collapse if you’re confident Mason will keep you in the game even after a tough goal?
- Adrian Aucoin and Nikita Nikitin both have lower body injuries that Richards hopes will keep them out about a week, but the coach admitted it could be longer.
- Richards says it’s still too early to name a captain. In fact, he hasn’t ruled out going the entire season without.
- Jared Boll has been a “bright spot” for the CBJ seven games in. Richards credited him with being really responsible and trying to lead the team “in his own way.”
- Richards amusingly did not even try to pronounce the name of call-up Jonathan Audy-Marchessault.
The Blue Jackets play St. Louis tonight, and Richards says he feels like it will be the “fastest game” they’ve been involved in. And with former Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock leading the Blues, while former Blues president John Davidson has made his way to Columbus, it should be a great game in terms of advancing the rivalry.