Minnesota Wild Relieve Manitoban Dean Evason of Duties
The Minnesota Wild have announced a coaching change following a difficult 5-10-4 start to the season that has seen the Wild drop seven-straight games.
On the way out is Manitoba product, Dean Evason.
His replacement? John Hynes.
Evason, who was born in Flin Flon and grew up in Brandon, joined the team five years ago and helped his club make the postseason each of his chances. Although getting into the playoffs, Minnesota never advanced past the first round in any of the team's four opportunities.
The 20221-22 season saw the Wild record an incredible 53 wins on the season.
“Dean did an excellent job during his tenure with the Minnesota Wild, especially as head coach of our team,” said general manager Bill Guerin. “I am very thankful for his hard work and dedication to our organization.”
Some poor goaltending from the duo of Marc-Andre Fleury and Filip Gustavsson certainly played a role in the coach's dismissal. Minnesota is 22nd in goals scored per game and the 31st ranked club defensively.
The Manitoban hits the open market with a 147-77-27 record through his time in the State of Hockey.