Wild fire coach Dean Evason amidst poor start, reportedly hire John Hynes as replacement

The Minnesota Wild have fired head coach Dean Evason after a slow start to the season and have replaced him with former New Jersey Devils and Nashville Predators coach John Hynes.

‣ Minnesota Wild have fired head coach Dean Evason after a slow start to the season
‣ Former New Jersey Devils and Nashville Predators coach John Hynes has been appointed as the new head coach
‣ Hynes has nine years of head coaching experience and has previously led both the Devils and Predators to the playoffs


The Minnesota Wild had a slow start to the 2023-24 season, leading to the firing of head coach Dean Evason. Former New Jersey Devils and Nashville Predators coach John Hynes will replace him immediately, according to Michael Russo of The Athletic. The Wild are currently seven points out of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference with a 5-10-4 start, falling short of their playoff expectations.

After five seasons with the franchise, Evason was let go with a 147-77-27 record. General manager Bill Guerin decided to make a change, stating “Dean did an excellent job during his tenure with the Minnesota Wild, especially as head coach of our team.”

Hynes brings nine years of head coaching experience, previously coaching the New Jersey Devils from 2015 to 2019 and the Nashville Predators from 2020 to 2023. He led the Devils to a 150-159-45 record and one playoff appearance, while the Predators saw a 134-96-18 record and three playoff appearances under his leadership.

The Predators fired Hynes in the offseason after failing to make the postseason for the first time since 2013-14. The Wild will have an early matchup against Hynes’ former team, the Nashville Predators, on Thursday night.

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