Richards' future in question, but coach still seeks answers

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 10, 2011 - 11:56 PM

As the Wild finished a disappointing season by denying a playoff spot to the Stars, the coach was looking for ways to solve his team's collapse.

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ctillhockeyApr. 10, 11 7:49 PM

Moving from 9th overall pick in the draft this summer to the 10th. What a gratuitous win.

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northsportsApr. 10, 11 7:52 PM

I would like to personally thank Bruno for his contribution to Minn. hockey while playing for the Wild. Some of my best pro hockey memories are of Bruno and his play which has showed both class and character. I wish you well in the future and thanks again for all you have done for pro hockey and the Wild organization !

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wildforlifeApr. 10, 11 8:00 PM

Well I'd much rather see the Blackhawks in the playoffs than the Stars so whoopee I guess. Still the only people that should be cheering are Blackhawk fans. Nothing for me to cheer about. Another bad year with little to no sign of future improvement. Gonna take a lot more than a couple signings in the off season to make this team a playoff contender. Trades need to happen and some players (you know who they are) need to be booted out of here. I've said it before and I'll say it again get Koivu some decent line mates and see what happens. Can't wait to see what changes/moves are made in the off season if any are made that is. And if little to no changes do happen then I say GO FLYERS!!! Or Sharks I haven't decided yet. I've always liked the Sabres too. Decisions, decisions.

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april24Apr. 10, 11 8:05 PM

Great, now we draft even lower than last year. Had we lost we would have been 9th and now we're 10th. Only the Wild could shoot themselves in the foot like this.

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rockdocApr. 10, 11 8:09 PM

First game of the year for me and last for the WIld...It was a good atmosphere...Bulldogz were in the house et.al...like a playoff game...Can't say Im looking forward to the draft, but we need to take a chance on a couple of game breakers and get back into the mix...especially after watching the hawks and detroit:(

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MarinershckyApr. 10, 11 8:32 PM

ctillhockey... come on man... You want them to throw the game? Especially one that affects the playoffs? That's ridiculous. The wild came out and played hard, and many of them were auditioning for ice-time and roster spots next season. The draft position makes little difference as it's not like they moved from 2nd to 7th with this win.

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bhrnew1lApr. 10, 11 8:47 PM

Mister Know it all says: Speed is a problem for Bruno BUT he will get another 50-60 points next year. He would be ideal in Pittsburgh with the scorers they have under contract

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ctillhockeyApr. 10, 11 9:43 PM

Mh, did I say they should throw the game? I don't think any team should deliberately lose. I merely noted the victory was gratuitous. Noticing that a win is meaningless is far from asking anyone to throw a game. Geez. Regarding the pick, I disagree with you on its potential importance. Last year, we won 2 right at the end, gained four points, slipped from 7th to 9th. Skinner was picked in 7th. Wild had their eyes on him with great interest. And he turned out to have a superb year. The move from 9th to 10th might make no difference (depends on who Boston picks), but it might matter...

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bobo72Apr. 11, 1112:18 AM

While the Wild did lack sufficient talent, the idea that this was a good team gone bad at the end of the end of the season is ludicrous. The truth is, other than a 17-7-1 run from December 16 through February 12 (less than two months!), this team won but 22 of its other 57 games. (And let's not forget about that glorious 0-7 preseason.) Richards simply hasn't gotten it done, and it's time he leaves...along with Brunette (forget all these shallow kudos to the guy; he's no top-six forward), Mietennen, Kobasew, Madden, Nystrom, and Schultz, to name a few. Time to unload the dead weight and re-stock the shelves.

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hatesredstarApr. 11, 11 1:02 AM

Todd Richards is over his head as a pro coach.

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