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In Need Of A Coach, Fletcher In No Rush

by Evan Sporer / Minnesota Wild

Though he said there's no specific timeline on when he would like to make a hire, Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher laid out some of the characteristics he's looking for in a new head coach on Thursday.

He also left open the possibility the Wild's current interim gets promoted into a full-time role.

"Every day has been Game 7," Fletcher said. "It's been triage. You're trying to do whatever you can to win the next game to get into the playoffs, and once we got into the playoffs, to win a series."

For that reason, Fletcher said he hasn't had any conversations with John Torchetti, who served as the Wild's interim head coach for the last 27 games of the regular season, and the playoffs.

"I haven’t had time to really decompress and formulate all my thoughts," Fletcher said.

After the Wild was eliminated from the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Sunday, Torchetti said he would leave it up to management to assess the job he did.

"The only reason I even came up was because Chuck and [Assistant General Manager Brent Flahr], and Mr. Leipold asked me," Torchetti said. "I just know that coming into this building is a lot of fun working here, and there are some good players here, good young players that are going to be great players as we keep going along."

Fletcher spoke highly of Torchetti on Thursday, praising the work he did after being promoted in mid-February.

"He's a very bright guy, a very detailed guy, strong communicator, holds guys accountable, and I think John did a great job," Fletcher said. "He's definitely a very serious candidate for the head coaching position."

Accountability was a quality Fletcher said he would be looking for in any head coach, whether that candidate was internal or external.

"They definitely have had to have been a head coach before," Fletcher said. "Whether in the NHL, I’m not sure. If they have experience elsewhere, that might be fine, too."

No matter who is installed, Fletcher said there needs to be a cohesiveness between coach and players.

"It’s up to the players to buy into what we’re doing and to do the right things from a team perspective," Fletcher said. "It’s no different than anywhere."

Fletcher did say he planned to meet with Torchetti to discuss his potential future with the organization.

"We have a good chance to talk soon and talk about the future and his vision and how he wants to push the team forward," Fletcher said. "So the process is taking shape and next week we’ll start to have better ideas about how it will go, but I’m not in any rush."

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