Wild Coach Richards Ousted After Two Seasons

Monday, April 11th, 2011 at 10:50 am

The Minnesota Wild has fired head coach Todd Richards, making the announcement this morning through their website.

The Wild’s season ended Sunday with a 5-3 win over Dallas, which kept the Stars out of playoff contention.

Richards went 77-71-16 in two seasons as the Wild’s head coach. He took over for the legendary Jacques Lemaire, and was unable to get the team into the postseason in either of his two seasons.

In both seasons under Richards, the Wild was in playoff contention though, fans and ownership expected a lot more.

On the Wild’s website, Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher posted a statement regarding the firing of Richards.

“I would like to thank Todd for the hard work he provided to the Minnesota Wild organization the last two seasons and wish him the best in the future,” the statement said.

“Todd and his staff worked extremely hard to help this team win hockey games and ultimately these are tough decisions. I just felt going forward we needed a new voice to lead this team into next season. Certainly, the disappointment of not making the playoffs had a part in this, but I also feel that going forward we needed a new voice; we needed a new direction. Once you come to that decision the important thing is – for the organization and for the individuals affected – the important thing is to do it as quickly as possible.”

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