Wild clean house by firing GM
Five days after the only coach the Minnesota Wild have ever known resigned, team owner Craig Leipold decided to further shake up the organization by firing Doug Risebrough – the only general manager the team has ever known.
"I just saw things, and my gut says now's the time for a change so we can go out and get the best person out there who can take this incredible brand and great franchise and great team to the next level,” Leipold said in an interview with the Star Tribune.
"It's time we get some new eyes in here.”
Leipold, who took over as the Wild’s owner one year and one week ago, said whoever takes over as the team’s new general manager will decide what direction to take the team, which missed the playoffs this season after winning the Northwest division last year.
“He'll have the freedom and flexibility to build his own organization," Leipold said.
A major decision will be who should replace Jacque Lemaire, who resigned as the team’s head coach a week ago.