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06-16-2010, 03:10 PM
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6/16 Discussion - Grading Todd Richards' Performance

As there was already a thread on grading GMCF's performance, it is time to turn the attention over to the other new guy, Todd Richards.

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Since there is no C-, i gave him a D. I didnt like the way he did practices and resting periods for players, and his overall coaching was a bit average at best. Still it was his first year and the team is still tryin to be built for him so i dont mind to wait a few years to see what he can really do with the right players.

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I didnt like the way he did practices and resting periods for players, and his overall coaching was a bit average at best. Still it was his first year and the team is still tryin to be built for him so i dont mind to wait a few years to see what he can really do with the right players.
I tend to agree with this. I was baffled how the Wild wilted after the Olympics, and got a free pass from Richards instead of working harder.

When they were playing well before the Olympics however, that was some of the most entertaining Wild hockey I've ever seen, and they had some amazing comebacks.

So overall, given his inexperience, I'd say C+ with potential for improvement

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I'm not a fan...

...but I also don't have a vote.

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I'm not a fan...

...but I also don't have a vote.

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I almost created a F- option but remembered that you couldn't vote yet.

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Incomplete. I want to see what he does next year.

He's kind of stuck with the dead weight that Riser left behind and wasn't given a lot to work with.

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I tend to agree with this. I was baffled how the Wild wilted after the Olympics, and got a free pass from Richards instead of working harder.
When they were playing well before the Olympics however, that was some of the most entertaining Wild hockey I've ever seen, and they had some amazing comebacks.

So overall, given his inexperience, I'd say C+ with potential for improvement
To me that was driven mostly by the condensed schedule. There were too many times the Wild played 4 games in 5 nights down the stretch which limited the chances to push them in practices.

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Wasn't a big fan of a lot of what he did. Defensive play got worse, special teams got worse, scoring chances against went way up, scoring didn't improve. He did get the guys to go hard against the better teams which Lemaire couldn't do though.

Not sure about his coaching style...I didn't like how he never had the guys practice down the stretch, but reading the Lats interview he sounds like the players really like him and he takes time to talk with them.

We'll see how he does next year. Wild need to show improve or I bet he's only given 25 games the following year.

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One thing I didn't like is he seemed way too calm in a lot of situations, sometimes I think the players need to have a Tortorella-esque coach every now and then to maybe speak up to them or something, he just seemed way too okay with the fact certain players were doing things wrong.

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it didn't bother me that he was relatively emotionless where I'd be screaming on the bench...just a different personality. "C" because our special teams took a huuuuuuuge drop and there were some really questionable changes and matchups, BUT I did see glimmers of what they're trying to do overall and I likes it. Next year I won't be as kind.

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D-. Ugly job in his first year. Lax "practices", defensive struggles, no added offense, road woes, ugly start. No way he gets even an average grade.

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D-. Ugly job in his first year. Lax "practices", defensive struggles, no added offense, road woes, ugly start. No way he gets even an average grade.
no added offense... I dunno. look at our roster. Not a whole lot you can do with that.

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Indifferent about his performance thus far. I expected a big slide no matter who took over after Lemaire, and that's exactly what happened.

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I think he did as well as I expected heading into the season, this year should give us a good look into what he will be like as a coach. He should have learned alot about being a head coach in the NHL last year and adjust how he does things.

What I do like is how the players seem to like him (lats comments). I imagine when the players feel like their opinions are valued they will play harder for him, atleast it works that way in other jobs.

The comebacks were nice too feels like we had as many last year than we had the past 3-4 years under lemaire, games were all but over if we trailed by 2 in the 3rd.

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no added offense... I dunno. look at our roster. Not a whole lot you can do with that.
You mean the same roster that Lemaire nearly took to the playoffs?

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Jeez I don't know...INC/C?

- I like the theory, but there was some bad execution of the system most of the time...although, that stretch in December was awfully fun to watch.
- How much of the season is a product of the personnel being ill fit for the system?
- Poor job of matchups at home.
- Waited too long to drop the hammer on the team when things went sour.

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You mean the same roster that Lemaire nearly took to the playoffs?
Lemaire is one of the best coaches of all time for a reason.

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- How much of the season is a product of the personnel being ill fit for the system?
That is a HUGE part of it! The Wild were one of the slowest teams in the league last year... not a good thing when you are trying to be an aggressive team.

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I guess I'm not as down on him as most.

The only thing I really didn't care for is something that has been beaten to death; match-ups. Richards would have some real head scratchers on a game by game basis. This is an area where he needs to improve.

Other than that, I'm fine with what I can realistically judge as a fan. In the end, this team finished right at where most of us expected them to finish.

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You mean the same roster that Lemaire nearly took to the playoffs?
yes, the roster that was assembled with Jacques Lemaire hockey in mind (one hopes). perhaps not a great fit for a different system...Havlat is no Gaborik. Gaby had 13 goals in 17 games playing in a repressive system. Havlat had 18 in 73 games playing in a wide open system.

I realize that they are two different types of players...but that's the point, see?

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I guess I'm not as down on him as most.

The only thing I really didn't care for is something that has been beaten to death; match-ups. Richards would have some real head scratchers on a game by game basis. This is an area where he needs to improve.

Other than that, I'm fine with what I can realistically judge as a fan. In the end, this team finished right at where most of us expected them to finish.
That's my big thing with him as well. There were way too many times at home where the line matchups were nothing short of astonishing; especially for the team with the last change. I had a couple other issues with Richards' decisions towards the end of the year but it's hard to tell whether or not injuries precluded those decisions.

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I gave him a D mainly due to his baffling matchups and odd management of practices. I suspect he'll improve with a year under his belt & a better roster. I really dig his system when the players are able to execute it properly.

I wanted to give him an F because I can't stand it when he talks about the "compete factor," a player's "level of compete," etc. Did Richards take English as a second language?

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I give him a D+:

-He was very uninteresting with his postgame conferences. Like he didn't care
-Didn't push the players until it was too late and most had already checked out from the season
-Never changed up the lines if something wasn't going right
-Basically ended Sykora's career by HSing him more than even attempting to play him
-Still stuck Sheppard with 4th line minutes and never allowed him to play with the big fish to see if he could do anything
- Relied too much on Backstrom to win the games
- Power play was absolutely terrible, worst in the league for SHG's allowed and I think our worst finish in the league for PP %
- Blackballed Schultz to 3rd line defensive positioning with Hnidy
- Put the two new prospects on a freaking line with Boogaard of all people until the last 2 games of the season
- Our 5-on-3 opportunities seemed very limp wristed


I could probably continue...

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...Havlat is no Gaborik. Gaby had 13 goals in 17 games playing in a repressive system. Havlat had 18 in 73 games playing in a wide open system.
You brought up another down point with Richards. Havlat was junk. That early benching never worked either.

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Havlat was pretty good post-injury.

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