Minnesota has informed long time assistant coaches Rick Wilson and Darryl Sydor that they will not be returning to the Wild bench next season, as the club overhauls its coaching staff following Bruce Boudreau’s arrival.
Per Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, both Wilson and Sydor will see their existing contracts expire this summer and it is currently unclear whether the organization will look to retain either in an alternative capacity moving forward.
Andrew Brunette, the former Wild winger who also served as an assistant coach last season, has one-year remaining on his contract with the franchise and is set to move back to the front office as part of the shake up.
Brunette was originally hired by general manager Chuck Fletcher as a hockey operations advisor, but moved down to the bench to work with previous head coach Mike Yeo, working mainly on the club’s power play.
Russo also reports that assistant coach Darby Hendrickson and goaltending coach Bob Mason are set to sign new deals with the franchise, meaning it will not be a completely new coaching staff working with Boudreau next season.
John Torchetti, who has one year remaining on his contract as coach of the AHL Iowa Wild, has been granted permission to speak to other NHL clubs about possible opportunities, with the currently vacant assistant coaching roles in Florida and Detroit believed to be of interest to the 51-year-old.
Torchetti assembled a 15-11-1 record with Minnesota after taking over as interim head coach following Mike Yeo’s dismissal. Should a move elsewhere fail to materialize, Russo reports that he will meet with Chuck Fletcher to discuss his future with the team.