Wild sign Dean Evason, coaching staff to contract extensions

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Dec 4, 2021; Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Wild head coach Dean Evason looks on during the second period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Wild signed head coach Dean Evason and his entire coaching staff to multi-year contract extensions on Thursday.

Assistant coaches Darby Hendrickson, Brett McLean and Bob Woods, goaltending coach Frederic Chabot and video coaches T.J. Jindra and Jonas Plumb also signed extensions.

Specific terms of the deals were not disclosed by the Wild.

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Wild extend coach Dean Evason

Evason, 57, was named Minnesota’s interim coach on Feb. 14, 2020. He replaced Bruce Boudreau after having served as an assistant since June 6, 2018.

Evason was appointed as the Wild’s full-time coach in July 2020. He sports a 62-29-7 record in 98 games with Minnesota.

“We’re excited,” he said via NHL.com. “We’re all excited about moving forward. We know the organization has taken steps forward. But as we’ve talked about so many times before, success is the Stanley Cup, right? You can have little steps along the way, which we’ve had a couple little steps, but we haven’t taken any big steps yet. That’s our goal, is to win the Stanley Cup. If it’s not, then what are we doing here? It’s our organization clearly, that’s what we want to accomplish. Hopefully we’re on our way to do that.”

Evason was named a finalist for the 2021 Jack Adams Award, presented annually to the coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success.

“I’ve got full confidence in Dean and the entire staff,” GM Bill Guerin said. “I think they’ve proven that they’re a very capable staff and all good coaches. I think the turnaround of our team is evident of that. I’m very confident in this group.

Prior to joining Minnesota, Evason posted a 242-161-53 record in six seasons (2012-18) as coach of Milwaukee of the American Hockey League. Before that, he spent seven seasons as an assistant with the Washington Capitals (2005-12).

Evason was selected by the Capitals in the fifth round of the 1982 NHL Draft. He collected 372 points (139 goals, 233 assists) in 803 games over 13 NHL seasons with the Capitals, Hartford Whalers, San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames.

–Field Level Media contributed to this report