ST. PAUL — Two and a half weeks after the conclusion of an underwhelming, disappointing season, Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher proudly introduced Bruce Boudreau as the team’s new head coach on Tuesday, the most optimistic day of an offseason still in its infancy. It was an easy decision for Fletcher, whose team struggled to make the playoffs and didn’t last long once they got there. Boudreau, whose .659 winning percentage leads all active NHL coaches, was widely viewed as the best bench boss available.
ST. PAUL — Bruce Boudreau has agreed to terms to become the Minnesota Wild’s fourth full-time head coach. Boudreau, 61, was widely seen as the top NHL coach available before reaching a deal Saturday night with the Wild, choosing Minnesota over the Ottawa Senators and Calgary Flames. He will be formally introduced Tuesday in St. Paul.
MINNEAPOLIS — As far as Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is concerned, Moritz Boehringer’s time in the limelight is over. The German wide receiver was selected in the sixth round of the NFL draft last Saturday by Minnesota. Since then, he has been getting plenty of publicity for being the first foreign player taken in the draft who didn’t play at a North American college.
By Marino Eccher and Elizabeth Mohr St. Paul Pioneer Press ST. PAUL — Tim Leslie still remembers the house on Victoria and Selby where he’d regularly respond to calls as a patrol officer from a resident who was convinced there was something landing on the roof. There wasn’t, but police learned how to talk him down anyway. “The first couple calls, it was, ‘We do this, too?’ ” he said.
MINNEAPOLIS — Adrian Peterson hasn’t run the ball in a preseason game since 2011. He would like to change that this summer. The Vikings have been careful not to risk their star running back getting hurt in exhibition play since he suffered a serious knee injury in December 2011. Peterson, though, believes the time might be right for some game action in August.
MINNEAPOLIS — Lindsay Whalen was anxious, she was nervous, and she was excited. For the first time in possibly a long time, she couldn’t wait for practice.
MINNEAPOLIS — One of the odder moments from the just-concluded Twins homestand came during Wednesday’s loss to the Cleveland Indians. After grounding out to second in the fourth inning, Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia appeared to purposely bump first-base coach Butch Davis with his right shoulder on his way back to the dugout. The exchange between Davis, who wore a stunned look, and a seemingly angry Arcia was captured via GIF and quickly posted on Twitter.
ST. PAUL — The Wild could have interviews with their top three head coach candidates completed by Wednesday. After formally interviewing interim coach John Torchetti, Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher flew to Southern California, home of jobless coaches Bruce Boudreau and Randy Carlyle, according to a report from Canada-based TSN.
One woman called from Germany, insisting Prince needed her help with an out-of-control cocaine habit. Another said she needed a message delivered to the musician about their son. A third was found walking around the parking lot of Paisley Park, banging a drum and chanting. And then there were the routine matters: a fire alarm, an allergic reaction, a suspicious person that turned out to be Prince’s driver.
A school bus driver found a 5-year-old girl crying, with her face bloodied, and naked from the waist down in St. Paul on Monday, and police are investigating whether she was sexually assaulted. The case is “one of the most heinous crimes imaginable … involving a brutal assault of a 5-year-old child,” said Steve Linders, a St. Paul police spokesman. “It’s a crime that makes us all sick to our stomach and has become the top priority of the St. Paul police department. We are using all available resources to find out who’s responsible for what happened.”