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Risebrough Out In Minnesota

from Russo’s Rants,

(Craig) Leipold was said to have agonized over the decision but decided, in the final analysis, that a change in direction was called for.

Here’s the memo from the team:

Minnesota Wild Owner, Craig Leipold, announced today that the organization will not renew the contract of President and General Manager, Doug Risebrough, beyond the 2008-2009 season….

read on

Update 2:48pm ET: From the Pioneer Press

I’ve got just three words for Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold:

Bring back Jacques.

Not as the coach. Jacques Lemaire, he’s been there. He’s done that.

Now that Leipold has fired Doug Risebrough, the Wild have an opening for a president and general manager.

That’s the job for Lemaire.

Update 3:36pm ET: From John Shipley at the Pioneer Press:

Asked if he’d be interested in the general manager job, Lemaire said, “No, no, no, no. I wouldn’t look at it. We had a good thing there, that’s it.”

Lemaire said he doesn’t question Leipold’s decision to fire Risebrough, but added he doesn’t see the reason for it.

“Not myself,” he said, “but I was involved in it. When you’re involved in it, you see what you’re trying to do. We were going through tough times, but everybody does, and you keep working.

Update 3:38pm ET: More thoughts on a replacement from Bob McKenzie at TSN.

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