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GM Chuck Fletcher Done In Minnesota

SAINT PAUL -- Minnesota Wild Owner, Craig Leipold, today announced the organization will not renew the contract of Executive Vice President and General Manager Chuck Fletcher.

"I want to thank Chuck Fletcher for his substantial contributions to our franchise over the past nine years," said Leipold. "Through his strong work ethic, integrity and vision, Chuck and his staff built a winning culture and a perennial playoff team. For all of that I am grateful. I feel it is time for a new approach aimed at delivering a Stanley Cup to the deserving fans of the State of Hockey. I wish Chuck and his family the very best going forward."

The search for a new General Manager will begin immediately. Until a replacement is found, Brent Flahr, Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations will serve as acting general manager.

added 4:50pm, Watch Craig Leipold meet with the media below...

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Paul's avatar

Parise will be 34 in July, Suter the same in January.

Window closing, roster needs to be juggled to get the elusive Stanley Cup for Leipold.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/23/18 at 11:40 AM ET

HaHasek's avatar

Tough one, this is a very good team and enjoyable to watch. They got hit hard by injuries at the wrong time this season. But, this is an understandable decision.

Posted by HaHasek on 04/23/18 at 12:02 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Leipold says coaching staff is safe unless new GM has strong opinions otherwise.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/23/18 at 12:41 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Well, this shows at least one GM has his head on straight. Too bad Chris I is more concerned with “loyalty” than he is with reality.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 04/23/18 at 01:06 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

He’s leaving mn with a roster that won’t be competitive any time soon.

Posted by TreKronor on 04/23/18 at 02:40 PM ET


He’s leaving mn with a roster that won’t be competitive any time soon.


Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 04/23/18 at 02:45 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Parise will be 34 in July, Suter the same in January.

Love the payback for shunning the Red Wings. smile

Posted by bigfrog on 04/23/18 at 10:11 PM ET


I’m not sure their roster is that bad but their timing certainly is.

The first part of the franchise life they had to deal with Detroit whose roster was well ahead of their.

Next they had to deal with Chicago who leveraged multiple terrible seasons into young players who matured into a roster better than Minnesota’s. They then became a premiere location for free agents allowing them to build without paying max dollar until their core needed new contracts. By that time they were routine Stanley Cup contenders and Minnesota’s new talent was just getting started.

Now they are up against well rounded Nashville and Winnipeg in their primes plus a St. Louis team that has a decent lineup of their own. Minnesota can compete against them but are clearly a notch below which comes out in a long series.

With Suter and Parise aging, Minnesota’s roster might take a big hit in coming years. With Colorado clearly on the rise it is just a good a bet that Minnesota falls to the bottom as it is they compete for a cup. It’ll be interesting to see what a new GM can do to mix things up. They at least have the assets to change things a bit.

Posted by evileye on 04/24/18 at 10:51 AM ET

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