Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Two days have passed since the Binghamton Senators were eliminated from the Calder Cup Playoffs by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. It may be the last time several players wear a B-Sens uniform, but the guy behind the bench will remain the same.
B-Sens coach Luke Richardson does not plan to look at any NHL head coaching vacancies this offseason, and said on Sunday that Binghamton is where he’ll be next year.
“Right now, as far as I’m concerned, I’m back here for another year and I’m looking forward to it,” Richardson said in a sit-down interview with Action Sports on Sunday morning at the Arena.
“I think [Ottawa general manager] Bryan Murray knows, and I’ve already made it public that I don’t want to coach anywhere but in Binghamton next year,” he added.
Richardson signed a contract extension prior to this season, which keeps him under contract with Ottawa through the 2014-15 season.
In Richardson’s first two years as a head coach, he’s led the B-Sens to a division title, two straight trips to the playoffs, and back-to-back 96-point seasons. Those accomplishments along with the experience that comes with playing 20 seasons in the NHL have made him an intriguing candidate to coach at the next level. However, Richardson wants to stay put, for now.
“Not to say that I don’t want to coach in the NHL, but right now I really enjoy working with young players.” He went on to joke, “maybe some of the players here would rather see me go take a job in the NHL, they’re tired me after two years.”
According to Richardson, he hasn’t been informed of any other organizations asking for the Senators’ permission to contact him.
Even if they were, he has several other reasons he wants to stay in Binghamton.
“The organization is very loyal to me and I’m going to be loyal to them back and I want to,” said Richardson. “Personally, my family, it works for them. My daughter is in Ithaca, an hour away. I don’t get to see very many of her games at Cornell, but my wife does. I do get to see her hopefully once a week and that makes a big difference in our lives. That’s very important to me.”
That also means a very important piece to the puzzle will be returning for the B-Sens.