Richards becomes third coach in three days to get the sack

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Minnesota Wild's Todd Richards became on Monday the third coach in three days to lose his job after the NHL team failed to make the playoffs.

Richards, 44, compiled a 77-71-16 record in two seasons at Minnesota. The Wild went 39-35-8 this season, finishing 12th in the Western Conference with 86 points. They have not reached the playoffs since 2008.

The Ottawa Senators fired Cory Clouston on Saturday and the Florida Panthers let go of Peter DeBoer on Sunday. New Jersey Devils coach Jacques Lemaire announced on Sunday he would retire.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; Editing by John Mehaffey)