According to a report from Minnesota Wild insider Michael Russo of The Athletic, the team has elected NOT to renew the contract of assistant coach John Anderson.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau and assistants Bob Woods and Darby Hendrickson are all expected to return in 2018-19.
Reported the other day there could be news regarding coaching staff.
Hearing from a handful of sources that asst coach John Anderson won’t have his contract renewed.
So Wild will have at least 1 vacancy on staff. I believe Bob Woods/Darby Hendrickson have another yr
Anderson is a longtime friend of Boudreau and the pair’s history goes back more than 40 years during their time as players in the 1970s and 80s. When Anderson was hired by Boudreau back in 2016, the Wild’s head coach spoke effusively of his longtime friend saying, “He’s a guy that you know is going to have your back,” Boudreau said, “so he was a good pick for us.”
Anderson was tasked with running the offensive side of things during his two years with the Wild franchise and in that respect, he had mixed results. In his first season with the Wild they scored 263 goals, second only to the league leading Pittsburgh Penguins. This season the Wild sunk to 11th in league-wide scoring with 250 goals.
In particular, players like Mikael Granlund, Nino Niederreiter and Charlie Coyle took a step backwards this season, while veterans like Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu continue to age out of their roles. Coming off a 2016-17 season where the Wild showed so much offensive promise, the 2017-18 season can only been viewed as a disappointment in terms of the team’s offensive production.
With Anderson now out of the picture, the team’s next hire will be tasked with not only re-igniting the above mentioned players but also finding offensive roles for young players like Jordan Greenway and Joel Eriksson Ek. Up and down the lineup, the Wild need more offensive production from its forwards if they're going to make a real push to be a Stanley Cup contender. The pieces are all in place, the trick is just getting them all to fit.
Source: Michael Russo
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