Bruce Boudreau exhibited his knowledge of country music Friday while voicing his displeasure about his players' inability to take advantage of available roster spots.
"Dixie Chicks had an album called 'Wide Open Spaces'; that's the first thing I thought of," The first-year Minnesota Wild coach said, referencing the country band's 1998 Grammy-award winning record. "I told them before the [Wild's preseason game Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets] 'I told you guys before the season that there's positions to be had,' and no one has jumped out and taken possession of it yet."
Minnesota cut its roster to 38 Friday, meaning 15 more players will be cut before the WIld's season opener against the Jets on Oct. 13. There are at least five players vying for three spots in the Wild's fourth line.
Dixie Chicks, whose North American tour reached Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Friday, voiced their appreciation for Boudreau's shoutout.
Besides being an avid country-music fan, Boudreau also revealed he loves the former NBC sitcom "Seinfeld."