Thursday, May 21, 2009

New Wild GM.....

This is a good hire. He's young (41), has past experience as a GM in Florida (albeit on an interim basis), and came from a good situation in Pittsburgh. He's the son of Hall of Fame GM Cliff Fletcher (Atlanta/Calgary, Toronto, and Phoenix), so he has genetics on his side.

You would have to imagine Fletcher will have carte blanche to remake this front office, which may not bode well for Assistant GM Tom Lynn (another reported finalist) or some of the other personnel heads brought in by former GM Doug Risebrough.
Of course, his biggest hire will be the next head coach. I still believe Peter Laviolette would be the best choice, but Fletcher also has ties with some other experienced NHL coaches (Michel Therrien?) who may be considered, along with former Gopher defenseman Todd Richards, who served as coach for Pittsburgh's AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton - where Fletcher served as GM - before moving to the NHL as an assistant.
Kudos for this organization for hot hiring Pierre McGuire, who was also believed to have been a finalist.

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