The offseason is supposed to be downtime. Not so on day one.
Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher let Head Coach Todd Richards know this morning that he would be let go.
Contrary to reports on Twitter and in the media, nobody else on the coaching staff has been terminated. The contracts of Dave Barr and P.J. Deluca expire at the end of June, but their return is largely dependent on the new coach, who will have a huge say in how his staff will be built. The current staff also includes assistants Rick Wilson and Darby Hendrickson, as well as goaltending coach Bob Mason.
During his press conference today, it was evident how tough a decision this was for Fletcher. He noted Richards’ work ethic and desire to win, while also thinking about the coach’s family. He said the results “are what they are,” and that he’ll be looking “for the right fit” and someone who can get more out of some of the players on the roster.
To see Fletcher’s press conference, click here.
The players also took it hard. In most cases, when a coach is fired, the players bear a lot of the burden and today was no different.