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Former Wild assistant GM speaks

Apr 21, 2010, 8:20 PM EDT

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Michael Russo has some interesting quotes from former Minnesota Wild
assistant GM Tommy Thompson, as he finishes up one last scouting trip
overseas. The Wild are under pressure to improve after a mediocre season
and years of ‘building’ an underwhelming prospect system.

In the
interview, Thompson says that he would not have been returning next
season to the team even if offered a contract extension by GM Chuck
Fletcher.

“Chuck had indicated that he was not going
to be offering a new contract
and I had no personal beefs with anyone, but the reality is as people
close to me knew, I was not interested in coming back either.”

Thompson
would go on to say that there is a “different culture” in the Wild
organization now, that began when Brent Flahr was hired last summer as
assistant GM in charge of amateur and pro player personnel.

He
wouldn’t expand on that thought, obviously not wanting to get into a war
of words with his former employers and just content to say it was an
amicable separation.

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