Todd Richards had the Minnesota Wild in playoff contention for most the season, but the team stumbled down the stretch likely to cost him his job. Richards, in his second season behind the Wild bench, was fired, the team announced on Monday
“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,” GM Chuck Fletcher said in a statement.
Richards is the third coach let go since teams began to conclude their regular season schedules over the weekend, joining Cory Clouston (Ottawa) and Peter DeBoer (Florida).
The Wild played spoiler in their final game as they beat the Dallas Stars, 5-3, on Sunday. The loss knocked the Stars, who needed a regulation or overtime win, out of playoff contention and cleared the way for the Chicago Blackhawks to gain entry.
Richards, 44, was 77-71-16 while with the Wild.
-- A.J. Perez