Columbus Blue Jackets defeat Minnesota Wild, 2-1

COLUMBUS, OHIO — Inside Nationwide Arena, the exact spot where Jacques Lemaire ended his Wild coaching career six months earlier, Todd Richards began his Saturday night.

It didn't go as well.

Continuing a disturbing training camp trend right into a 2-1 season-opening loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Wild generated several quality scoring chances but misplaced that defensive edge that has long been its staple.

"We worked hard -- sometimes not all that smart,"...

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The old adage is managers manage and coaches coach, and that certainly was the case for yesterday's Wild.

The original regime -- former General Manager Doug Risebrough and former coach Jacques Lemaire -- felt there were boundaries, and they rarely were crossed.

Risebrough didn't instruct Lemaire on how to use players. In return, Lemaire didn't storm into Risebrough's office demanding different players.

But as the Wild officially begins its next ch...