NHL: Fletcher meeting with Constantine, nothing more than a courtesy meeting

 

Kevin Constantine will interview for the Minnesota Wild’s head coaching position later this week, according to the Star-Trib. Don’t look into this meeting as anything more than a courtesy meeting from Fletcher’s end. The Wild are looking to move past the Jacques Lemaire era and Constantine would bring more of the same. Constantine has been a successful coach at all levels but he makes life miserable for players as it’s hockey 24/7 with a ton of video instruction. Hiring Constantine would put the Wild in the same position they were in with Jacques Lamaire; Being unsuccessful to lure free agents. Fletcher’s short list for a head coach includes San Jose assistant Todd Richards, Detroit assistant coach Paul MacLean, former Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish, and former Carolina Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette.

Richards an early leading candidate for the Wild’s open head coaching position

 

Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher goes into his first off-season with high expectations as he looks to change the culture in Minnesota. A priority for Fletcher will be reaching out to star winger Marian Gaborik but his top priority will be finding the right coach. Under Fletcher, the days of playing a tight conservative defensive game will be long gone. It’s widely believed that Fletcher will implement a fast, up-tempo, aggressive system, similar to the style the Penguins have moved to under head coach Dan Bylsma. At the top of Chuck Fletcher’s radar is San Jose Sharks assistant coach Todd Richards according to industry sources. Potential Coaches on the Wild’s Radar