Havoc in St. Paul: Today we get word that the Wild have fired General Manager Doug Reisbrough, the GM who has been here since the team's inception. So in addition to missing the playoffs, we are now dealing with:
1) Replacing the only coach we've ever had
2) Replacing the only GM we've ever had
3) The upcoming draft, in which we have the #12 pick
4) The free agency period, which begins July 1, in which our biggest star - Marian Gaborik, see April 9 blog entry - is the biggest name on the market.
I've not yet met Craig Leipold, the man who has owned the Wild for about a year, but he's got a lot of big decisions on his plate right now, and if he's doesn't make the right choices he can set this franchise back a lot of years. Good luck, CL, we need to get these right.
And a special shout-out to Star-Tribune writer Mike Russo, who had the news about Reisbrough up on his blog almost half an hour before any other media outlet. He's one of the finest, and hardest-working, writers in the business, and a real bright light on what is otherwise an almost-useless fishwrap of a newspaper.