That decision came about 12 hours after the Wild blew a 3-1 lead against the New York Rangers in the final 20 minutes of regulation and finished the night with a frustrating 4-3 shootout loss at Xcel Energy Center.
While that meltdown might have been hastened Guerin’s decision — the first-year GM was adamant that the Wild should have won that game — he made it clear the outcome itself was not the sole reason for the move.
“It’s a series of things,” Guerin said Friday. “Even though Bruce and I have had a great relationship — I really enjoyed working with him, I learned a lot from him, and I think he liked working with me — the most important thing is that the players are going into this stretch run on a high, and I felt like they just needed a different voice right now.”
That voice will come from assistant coach Dean Evason, who will take over on an interim basis for the rest of the season, and will be a candidate for the job when Guerin launches a coaching search this offseason.