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09-02-2010, 03:08 PM
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Is Richard's Job safe no matter what this year?

Just reporting what yahoo puck daddy's blog said today on possible coaching changes mid-year or after.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puc...aining-content
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There are a few obvious choices as far as NHL coaches looking at the axe glistening above their heads this season.

Todd Richards was brought in to help change the culture and philosophy of the Minnesota Wild; it's not outlandish to believe he could be gone if the offense sputters and the defense is as porous as last season.
So, in your view, when he was hired, did Richards automatically receive a two-year guaranteed job? Or was last year the only "guaranteed" one where he was safe from being fired and there's a chance he could be fired if we're bad this year.

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Yes and no. I think that Richards has the benefit of the doubt this year but that if things go horribly awry, he can be canned. That's not to say it has to do with a win-loss record or that the Wild must make the playoffs this season, but certain aspects of the team (the offense, play on the road) need to show improvement for this season to be considered a success.

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I think he could be gone by Jan 1 if the team has huge stretches of losses. Fletcher doesn't see this team as being as bad as they finished last year, and he improved the team quite a bit this offseason.

I do think Wilson's hiring could signal that Richards needs to shore up defensively, and if that doesn't happen, we might see him gone and Hitchcock brought in. Especially if the team finishes more than a couple points out of a playoff spot and gives up as many goals as last year.

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Maybe it's just me, but I don't really see Hitchcock being a Fletcher guy.

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Yes and no. I think that Richards has the benefit of the doubt this year but that if things go horribly awry, he can be canned. That's not to say it has to do with a win-loss record or that the Wild must make the playoffs this season, but certain aspects of the team (the offense, play on the road) need to show improvement for this season to be considered a success.

I agree with this. It comes down to consistency. If the team improves their defense and road play, I think he will be fine. But if they do not show any improvement over last year, then I think Fletcher will look to bring in someone next offseason.

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I don't see the Wild as the kind of club to do a mid-season reactionary firing, but I certainly expect his performance next season to basically be the only determiner of if he coaches '11-'12.

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What I mean is if the Wild are bottom five by December, we'll probably see a change. I don't see Fletcher and Leipold settling for a lottery pick.

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Yep. You could even argue that he deserves at least three years because the personnel on the current roster may still be not what is needed in order for Richards' system to be truly effective.

I think the danger here is that people will approach this year already sour on Richards based off what happened last year (which there are so many factors that went into it, most of which had nothing to do with Richards) and that even the slightest misstep will mean the torches and pitchforks will get broken out.

If I can draw a local sports analogy, look how Brad Childress and the Vikings have progressed during his tenure, where he's a.) now familiar with being an NFL head coach, and b.) surrounded by the personnel he wants for his system.

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I don't think we'll struggle out of the gate like we did last year. I think we'll get into the playoffs and maybe sneak into the 2nd round if we get some hot goaltending.

That being said, if we're a bottom dweller, Richards will be replaced.

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Yes. He's the Rich Rod of the NHL. They'll give him 3 seasons to work something before canning him.

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Yes. He's the Rich Rod of the NHL. They'll give him 3 seasons to work something before canning him.
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Considering our owner is the same guy who had Barry Trotz as coach his whole tenure in Nashville, I don't see him or Fletcher being quick on trigger with Richards.

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Considering our owner is the same guy who had Barry Trotz as coach his whole tenure in Nashville, I don't see him or Fletcher being quick on trigger with Richards.
The difference is that Trotz is a GREAT coach, considering what he has to work with. On a fairly stiff budget, they're seemingly always in the race, or close to it at the least, by the end of the season.

They draft well, albeit unspectacularly, develop most of their own talent, stick to their system and they actually made the playoffs last year.

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We've drafted TERRIBLY in the DR years, Haven't had a first round pick that wasn't a bust in years, we stuck to Lemaire's system, but Richards can't make that claim and we weren't close to the playoffs last year.

I'd rather have Trotz coach a limited budget team over what Richards did last year.

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