ST. PAUL - New general manager Paul Fenton has hired Dean Evason as a Wild assistant coach, taking the spot of one of head coach Bruce Boudreau's closest friends.

Fenton opted not to renew the contract of assistant coach John Anderson, 61, who Boudreau added to the Wild staff when he became head coach in Minnesota in 2016.

Anderson and Boudreau were teammates on four teams during their playing days: the Toronto Marlboros (1973-75), Dallas Blackhawks (1977-78), Toronto Maple Leafs (1977-83) and Fort Wayne Komets (1990-91).

"We've lived together, we've played together and we ran our own golf tournament together," Boudreau said when he hired Anderson two years ago. "He's been quite the confidant in my life since I was 18."

Anderson worked predominantly with Wild forwards last season, and Evason is expected to hold similar responsibilities next season.

Evason, 53, spent the past six seasons as the head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals in the American Hockey League. He boasted a 242-161-53 record in Milwaukee and led the Admirals to the AHL playoffs four times.

Before that, Evason spent seven seasons as an assistant coach with the Washington Capitals, serving under Boudreau for parts of five seasons.

Fenton, hired as the Wild's GM on May 22 to replace Chuck Fletcher, hired former Minnesota North Stars GM Jack Ferreira on Tuesday as a senior advisor.