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08:24 AM ET 04.11 | Two coaches were turfed over the weekend, and Todd Richards is awaiting his own fate as the week opens. [If] you believe Chuck Fletcher, and there's no reason why we shouldn't because the Wild general manager's nature is to meticulously examine everything before making long-term decisions, there will be no imminent verdict regarding Richards' future. ... [Does] it make sense to pay Richards not to coach and burn the first year of a more expensive veteran coach in such a transition? On the flip side, Richards has made mistakes. Matching lines still is not something he's big on, even at home, where it's easier. Despite two consecutive missed postseasons, Richards usually kept his top line intact, only trying playmaker Pierre-Marc Bouchard there the final two games. His relationship with Martin Havlat still is rocky.

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April 11, 2011  09:13 AM ET

Another winner! Never mind that 16 teams made the playoffs! Nice going!

April 11, 2011  09:16 AM ET

A big fan base hopes he stays....the Hawks fan base.

April 11, 2011  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

A big fan base hopes he stays....the Hawks fan base.

I'm holding a vigil next to my computer, waiting for the announcement.

April 11, 2011  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I'm holding a vigil next to my computer, waiting for the announcement.

Careful with those open flame candles.

April 11, 2011  11:56 AM ET

No more speculation... he's just been canned.

April 11, 2011  12:06 PM ET

Has ANY coach's relationship with Havlat not been rocky? Another Kovalev and Gaborik, he's got to be frustrating as all he// to coach.

If he's gone, like mentioned above, its no surprise. Just too bad we couldn't see what kind of a coach he is. Not much of a lemonade maker though...

 
April 11, 2011  01:51 PM ET

No big surprise here. Richards basically paid for the mega-collapse that hit the team late this season. With the team at the cap limit and trade prospects looking grim, it was the only real move that GM Fletcher could make at this time to convince fans that the team would not tolerate more of the same.

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