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An official press conference is expected tuesday to announce Richards the next head coach of the wild.

Richards spent two years as head coach of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the American Hockey League, helping lead the Penguins’ top farm club to the Calder Cup finals in his last season under Fletcher’s management. Richards was an assistant coach in the AHL for four seasons before that with the Milwaukee Admirals.

He will fit with the style Fletcher wants the Wild to play: fast-paced and physical, with a premium on puck possession. He’ll also be a boon for the fan base, hailing from the Minneapolis suburb of Crystal. Richards is the son of a former youth coach who played four seasons in the late 1980s at the University of Minnesota.

Richards was drafted out of high school by the Montreal Canadiens and played briefly for the Hartford Whalers, spending several years in the minors and in Switzerland before turning to coaching.
 

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