More Changes in the Iowa/Minnesota Wild Organization

Cody Franson as an Assistant Coach behind the bench for the AHL team Iowa Wild
Creator: Tim Garland | Credit: Tim Garland Copyright: 2024 Iowa Wild

Another change to the Minnesota Wild coaching staff happened this afternoon with an announcement by the Iowa Wild, the AHL affiliate farm team. It was announced that Cody Franson, assistant coach for the 2023-24 season, was parting ways with the team.

Franson was hired on December 28, 2023 by the Iowa Wild. He was an in-season replacement for coach Patrick Dwyer, who was pulled up to Minnesota after Bob Woods was fired along with former Head Coach Dean Evason. Franson came with 15 seasons of playing hockey under his belt. He played 957 games as a defenseman during time with four different leagues (NHL, AHL, KHL, and the SHL). Franson’s position with the Iowa Wild was his first professional coaching job.

Franson’s exit isn’t totally surprising as Minnesota Wild Head Coach John Hynes looks to bring in his own staff throughout the organization. Assistant Coach Darby Hendrickson was fired just over a week ago from his longtime position behind the Minnesota bench. And Brett McLean was promoted from assistant coach for Minnesota to Iowa’s head coach before the 2023-24 season.

The social media post put out by the Iowa Wild indicates they are currently in the process of searching for another assistant coach during the offseason. There has been no word of Franson’s plans after leaving the Iowa Wild.

Will there be more staff changes within the Minnesota Wild organization? It wouldn’t be a surprise after the coaching changes that they’ve already made since ending their season short of a playoff berth. Hynes signed a multiyear deal when he came to Minnesota and may use the offseason to hand-select coaching staff that he has familiarity with.

For more Minnesota Wild news and vibe checks, listen to Her Wild Side Hockey Podcast.

Hockey, Hockey, Everywhere! That's Why I've Been So Busy! Her Wild Side Hockey Podcast

In this episode, Mikki talks about the abundance of amazing hockey between the NHL Playoffs and the IIHF Men's World Championships. She also touches on a few fun facts and rambles a bit too much after too many days between podcast episodes. Links:Her Wild Side Merch Shop!Ticketmaster Affiliate LinkSocial Media:TwitterInstagramFacebookFor more from us, visit Inside The RinkHow to support us and our sponsors:Columbia Sports ApparelESPN+ SubscriptionFanaticsDraft Kings – CODE ITR   
  1. Hockey, Hockey, Everywhere! That's Why I've Been So Busy!
  2. It's The Playoffs, Baby!
  3. Hockey Culture is Disgusting and Needs to Change
  4. A Post-Mortem for the MN Wild Season
  5. Trading Gustavsson Would Be the Dumbest Idea Ever

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Andrew Peeke #52 skating for the Boston Bruins against the Tampa Bay Lightning

Player Profile: Andrew Peeke

Andrew Peeke was born on March 17, 1998, in Parkland, Florida, and played with the Selects Academy 16U AAA team of the USPHL during the 2013-14 season and posted one goal and nine assists in 28 games. The next season, Peeke jumped to the Selects Academy 18U AAA team, and the defenseman flourished with eight […]

Read More

Barclay Goodrow & New York Rangers Divorce Purely A Business Transaction

When news broke on Tuesday that the New York Rangers were waiving Barclay Goodrow to help save money on the club’s tight salary cap, it seemed like a logical business decision. Rumors then circulated that the San Jose Sharks would claim the forward, and the “full circle” theories made everything look good for all parties […]

Read More

The Best Landing Spots for Chandler Stephenson

Chandler Stephenson becomes a free agent on July 1st when the new league year in the NHL begins. The 6’0, 209lb center from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, will be looking to sign a contract that will set him and his family up for life. Stephenson turned 30 on April 22nd, and this could be his last chance at […]

Read More