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Former Wild coach Evason on his firing: 'You just know. You have a feeling.'

Sarah McLellan, Star Tribune on

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As deflated as Dean Evason looked and sounded Sunday afternoon in Detroit after the Wild lost a seventh straight game, he hadn't run out of ideas to try to snap the team out of its funk.

"We put a video together on the day off of playing fast and getting out of our zone," Evason said.

But before Evason could show that video to the Wild ahead of their Tuesday game vs. St. Louis at Xcel Energy Center, Evason was called into Wild headquarters on Monday by President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Bill Guerin.

Evason was fired.

The Wild also released assistant coach Bob Woods and appointed John Hynes their new head coach.

"I have no ill feelings," Evason told the Star Tribune on Wednesday morning. "I'm very proud of what we did. Certainly, Bob and I were let go, but I'm very proud of what I did as a head coach here.

 

"I'm just thankful for being given the opportunity to coach here in Minnesota. It's been fantastic."

Throughout the season and even as the losses piled up, Evason didn't think he'd be dismissed.

He thought the team was on its way to climbing out of its rut and that he'd get the opportunity to see that through. But when Guerin called him into the office, Evason understood the purpose of the meeting.

"I immediately called my wife and just said, 'I'm pretty sure we're going to get fired,'" Evason said. "You just know. You just have a feeling."

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