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Quotes from Chuck Fletcher about Todd Richards' Dismissal has some early quotes from Wild GM Chuck Fletcher:

Todd and his staff worked extremely hard to help this team win hockey games and ultimately these are tough decisions. I just felt going forward we needed a new voice to lead this team into next season. Certainly, the disappointment of not making the playoffs had a part in this, but I also feel that going forward we needed a new voice; we needed a new direction. Once you come to that decision the important thing is – for the organization and for the individuals affected – the important thing is to do it as quickly as possible.

Looking at a new head coach search, Fletcher offered this:

When we hire a new head coach, a new head coach will obviously play a large part in the formation of the next coaching staff. Between now and then, I certainly expect to have some conversations with them, but at this point, that remains to be determined.

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