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Columbus coach: “Our goalie was better than their goalie … by a wide margin”

Apr 14, 2013, 10:34 AM EDT

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You don’t ever expect there to be beef between the Blue Jackets and Wild, but they do have something in common in Columbus coach Todd Richards. He once unsuccessfully led Minnesota before being relieved of duties and landing on his feet with the Jackets.

When Columbus knocked off Minnesota 3-2 in a shootout last night, he expressed his gratitude for the play of his goalie, Sergei Bobrovsky, and managed to take a poke at his former goaltender in the process as Michael Russo of The Star Tribune shares.

“Our goalie was better than their goalie … by a wide margin,” said former Wild coach Todd Richards, undoubtedly a back-handed slap at his former goalie, Niklas Backstrom.

Them’s fightin’ words but they were true in last night’s game as Bobrovsky stopped 39 shots to help the team win. They’re also true in the big picture when comparing stats to how he’s played this season compared to Backstrom’s two seasons under Richards in Minnesota.

That won’t do much to help keep fans in Minnesota quiet over their former coach taking a swipe at their goalie.

  1. Seimiya - Apr 14, 2013 at 10:37 AM


  2. radio854321 - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Nice call Todd….but the rest of your squad got out played by a wider margin…..

    • manchestermiracle - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      Not wide enough to win, though.

    • getadealdonealready - Apr 14, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      If Coyle isn’t plays the whole game the outcome would have been different. That was a tough call to lose a player for a whole game on.

      • puckhogg - Apr 14, 2013 at 5:22 PM

        nice english

  3. mjasper24 - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Todd, your hot goalie might just carry you to the 9th seed in the west. Congrats.

  4. withseidelinn - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    There is nothing more I want to see than this team make the playoffs and the Rangers to not.

  5. east96st - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Dear Coach Richards,

    I appreciate that you and John Davdson are leading a team that actually puts forth real effort every night. I also appreciate that the team is competitive – especially compared to some of the past years. Thank you, really. But here’s the deal, we are still Columbus and, in the NHL, that don’t mean squat. Remember, this is a short season and I can point to many times in the past when the Jackets made an impressive run only to collapse as the long season wore on. Who knows what would have happened if this was a full season. The real test comes next year. Also, remember our “outstanding” post season record, 0-4. That’s right, Todd, not even ONE postseason win. Let’s keep the smack talking to ourselves until the team actually wins a postseason game. Until then, it just comes off as bitter and childish.
    Great job last night. Don’t ruin it by lashing out at your former employee. The best answer to someone who fires you is to succeed beyond their wildest dreams. Want to “get back” at Minnesota? Win the Cup. Until then, win with quiet dignity.

  6. reasonableeaglefan - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Good thing the Flyers got rid of him…..

  7. kgod30 - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Stay classy Todd….stay classy! What does that statement say about your contribution? You had no impact…..

  8. tgman95 - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    To be honest, If Columbus makes the playoffs, Bob has been so hot that they pose a real chance at doing some damage. They would be the 8 seed nobody wants to play.

  9. jacketsfan7 - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    He’s right though , he outplayed backstrom majorly , nothing against backstrom he’s a great goalie , his team isn’t close to the playoffs for no reason , he’s been amazing

  10. ignath - Apr 14, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Wild members formerly coached by Todd Richards to the Blue Jackets players:

    “Our coach is much better than your coach…by a wide margin”

  11. bleedingteal4life - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    I love how everyone’s “go to” comeback when in an argument is “at least we can make it to the playoffs.” So what? Do something in the playoffs, then use that for grounds as a comeback. If I dropped that line everytime someone made fun of the sharks it would hold no weight because, even if u do make it to the playoffs, like the sharks, if you can’t perform it means nothing. A loser in the playoffs is just as bad as a team who didn’t make it there in the first place. Second place is first loser, so unless your team has won a cup in the past ten years, just STFU and realize your team isn’t as badass as you think they are.

  12. remosnozzberri82 - Apr 14, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    ^^^^exactly This coming from a rangers fan hearing squawk from Icelander fans

  13. paperkid96 - Apr 14, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Sounds like great bumper sticker.

  14. txhockeydad - Apr 14, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Nice post east. TR was right, but looks bad for pointing it out.

  15. joeyashwi - Apr 15, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    I’m a Wild fan. Bob played an unbelievable game. He did outplay Backstrom. It could have easily been a 7-2 win had he not stood on his head all night.
    Congrats to Columbus. The Wild have won many of these types of games so it was karma I guess.
    A side note: Neither of these coaches are NHL caliber.

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