Todd Richards fired by Minnesota Wild


The Minnesota Wild have fired head coach Todd Richards, the team's general manager, Chuck Fletcher, has just announced. The move takes place "immediately."

The news comes after just two seasons for the 44-year-old Richards, who took the job after after the resignation of Jacques Lemaire, the only other coach in franchise history. Richards had a 77-71-16 record over his two seasons.

"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," Fletcher said in a statement.

After the Wild failed to make the playoffs for two years in a row, and finished 12th in the Western Conference at 39-35-8, Richards sounded like he knew the axe was going to fall after the Wild beat Dallas on Sunday.

Here's Fletcher:

"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."

It's also a tough turning of the page in the relationship between Richards and Fletcher, who first crossed paths in 2006 when Fletcher hired Richards to coach the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL.

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