The Iowa Wild had another tough weekend which began last Thursday morning with 5 to 3 loss to the Rockford Icehogs. Head coach Kurt Kleinendorst was not made available to the media after this loss. Instead, his normal media scrum role was performed by assistant coach Steve Poapst.
Last season, the Iowa Wild were the worst team in the Western Conference, winning only 27 games in their first season after moving north from Houston. In preseason this year, Kleinendorst postulated that the team didn't win games because the management and coaching staff were focused more on developing players than on winning. He said that for the 2014-15 season, coaches had shifted their focus onto winning games, hoping that a winning culture would help players develop the sort of drive to win that would make the prospects into future NHL players.
News & Notes:
The Wild have let Kurt Kleinendorst go after only a touch more than one season, per Michael Russo. John Torchetti, the coach of the Houston Aeros before their move to Iowa, will return to his old post. Gotta love these late-day news items.- TW
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