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Ex-Gopher Richards among top contenders for Wild job

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Local boy Todd Richards still appears to be among the frontrunners for the Wild's coaching vacancy. According to sources, General Manager Chuck Fletcher flew to California last week to interview the San Jose Sharks assistant coach and former Gophers captain. The two have been in contact since, although it's unclear how close Fletcher is to hiring a coach. That's because, according to sources, Fletcher also interviewed former Edmonton Oilers coach Craig MacTavish in recent days and at least had a conversation with former Carolina Hurricanes and New York Islanders coach Peter Laviolette. It's believed that Fletcher is also interested in Detroit Red Wings assistant coach Paul MacLean, whom he worked with in Anaheim. Fletcher could not be reached for comment, but last week he said he wanted to trim his long list of candidates to roughly four people.

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