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Evening Line

“If the right job with the right organization is as a consultant, I’ll take it. If it’s as a coach, I might take it. I need to see what will suit me the most, and that’s easier when everything is all on the table. To find that out, you have to talk to people — so no wonder you talk!”

-Jacques Lemaire & more on Lemaire from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press.

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Wild Talk

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants at the Star-Tribune,

It appears all but certain that Chuck Fletcher at least wants to interview Wings assistant Paul MacLean, and maybe even Brad McCrimmon, so by the series continuing, it delays the interview(s) to this weekend at the earliest.

Fletcher attended last night’s game and is scheduled back in his St. Paul office today. In fact, he’s been hopping around the last couple days working on the coaching search. Peter Laviolette’s been MIA since originally being quoted in the Strib, so that often means you can bet your last dollar they’ve met within the last couple days.

And that is what I’ve been told by myriad sources. As I’ve written on here in the past, of all the former NHL coaches, Laviolette makes the most sense….

As for Heatley, there seems to be a perception out there that if the Wild loses Marian Gaborik, it can just go out and acquire $7.5 million players.

It’s a lot more complex than that, especially since it’s unknown where the salary cap will dip to in the next two or three years and because the team spent $6 million a year on Niklas Backstrom. That $4.08 million salary cap hit for Pierre-Marc Bouchard the next four years tightens things up as well.

Yes, the Wild could take Heatley’s $7.5 million cap hit the next five years, but it would affect any flexibility or ability to plug other holes, like center and defenseman though the end of his contract

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Evening Line

“What I don’t understand about being in management here in Minnesota is that you’ve got really good Americans, not just in Minnesota, but in Michigan and other colleges, and everybody else is using them. I’m not trying to cut up Risebrough and Lemaire, but my point is that I don’t think they had the best interest in this area as far as American and Minnesota players.

“Nobody wants to say it; everybody’s scared.”

-Former NHLer Reed Larson on the Minnesota Wild.  More from Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press including a mention of the Wings.

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Possible Head Coaching Options In Minnesota

from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

But head coaching experience in the NHL isn’t necessary, Fletcher said, and he has ties to two successful assistants, Todd Richards in San Jose and Detroit’s Paul MacLean. Richards, who is from Crystal, was hired by Fletcher to coach Pittsburgh’s American Hockey League team in Wilkes-Barre in 2006. MacLean was an assistant to Mike Babcock in Anaheim when Fletcher was the assistant GM there.

Asked if he would wait until the Stanley Cup Finals are over to start interviews, Fletcher said, “I don’t want to speculate, and because there are only a couple of teams in the Final, people will start to speculate on specific names.”

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Reinventing The Wild

from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

Leipold wants aggressiveness, creative thinking and risk-taking—on and off the ice. And he believes Fletcher is the perfect guy to take the Wild to the next level.

One thing’s for sure. Fletcher will at least try to swing for the fences.

First of all, he knows that’s what Leipold wants, and he has been schooled by GMs who love taking chances—Bryan Murray, Brian Burke, Ray Shero, and his father, Cliff Fletcher.

You can bet Cliff’s son will jump feet-first into what is sure to be an active trade market this summer. Remember, many teams must dump salary in hopes of creating salary-cap flexibility, so Leipold had to find somebody not scared of maybe trading a Josh Harding or even a James Sheppard.

Leipold also needed somebody who doesn’t have a hatred of the agent who represents the best scorer the Wild has ever known. That doesn’t mean Fletcher definitely will be able to re-sign Marian Gaborik; it’s still an incredible longshot this close to free agency.

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Pierre McGuire Would Draw Attention In Minnesota

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

If Leipold wants excitement, he’ll get it from the “Monster Man.” Think Don Cherry without the Chinese-tablecloth jacket and the Afghan mission. “Bam!”

But the former Hartford Whalers head coach is not just another Cherry. McGuire loudly stumped for no red line and is not a member of Hockey Night in Canada’s Granite Club when it comes to skill players and fighting. He favours visors. He’s not above eviscerating a Sean Avery, but prefers the positive approach — something he plans to take into any GM’s job.

Says McGuire, who won the 1992 Stanley Cup as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins: “With the access I’ve had in the past 12 years to successful and unsuccessful teams, you can compile unbelievable reserves of information. I’m a better hockey person as a result. You saw that with John Davidson in St. Louis.”

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The Short List For Wild GM Position

from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

The short list includes Pittsburgh Penguins assistant GM Chuck Fletcher, TSN and NBC color analyst Pierre McGuire, longtime NHL GM and coach Pat Quinn, Nashville Predators assistant GM Paul Fenton and Wild acting GM Tom Lynn.

While other unidentified candidates possibly could emerge, sources say the two considered frontrunners have interviews lined up.

Fletcher, 41, is expected to be in town later this week, while it’s believed McGuire, 47, will interview today.

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Pierre McGuire As Wild GM

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The Minnesota Wild might view Pierre McGuire as the next John Davidson.

That would be good for McGuire.

Or, the Wild might see less Davidson, and more Barry Melrose.

Not so good.

What we know for sure is that McGuire, as well-known a hockey broadcaster as there is in this country outside of Don Cherry, is on the short list to become the next general manager of the Wild, succeeding the departed Doug Risebrough.

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Wild Surgeries

The Minnesota Wilds Derek Boogaard has just undergone surgery. From TSN:

Minnesota Wild left wing Derek Boogaard has undergone surgery on his right shoulder.

The team said Tuesday the six-foot-eight enforcer is on the road to recovery and will begin rehabilitation Wednesday.

And Niklas Backstrom is up next. From John Shipley at the Pioneer Press:

Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom is scheduled to have surgery to repair his left hip Friday in Vail, Colo.

The procedure will be done by orthopedic specialist Dr. Marc Philippon, who performed surgeries on the hips of Wild winger Marian Gaborik, most recently on Jan. 5.

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Risebrough Moving On

from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

It was exactly a week ago that team owner Craig Leipold told Risebrough he would not renew his contract after nine years and eight seasons spent building Minnesota’s second NHL expansion franchise.

“Yes, I was in shock, because there was no discussion about it,” Risebrough said at press gathering in St. Paul. “There was no discussion that day, or about my extension. And that’s OK.

“I totally appreciate the situation; a guy like myself makes decisions, and sometimes they’re difficult. For somebody who has made a decision like Craig has, I respect that he’s come to that decision, and he’ll have to live with that decision.

“There wasn’t a lot of discussion about it, which I was fine with. I’m moving on, and he’s going to find a new GM.”

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