Flyers hire NHL veteran Fletcher as GM

The Philadelphia Flyers employed Chuck Fletcher as their govt vice chairman and normal supervisor on Monday.

FILE PHOTO: Minnesota Wild normal supervisor Chuck Fletcher (L) stands with Mike Yeo (R) after Yeo is known as the brand new head trainer of the Minnesota Wild NHL group in St. Paul, Minnesota June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Miller

He replaces Ron Hextall, who used to be fired Nov. 26.

“On the conclusion of a rigorous evaluation of GM applicants, Chuck Fletcher obviously stood out from the sphere of proficient and succesful executives we regarded as,” Comcast Spectacor chairman and CEO David Scott stated in a observation. “Chuck has earned good fortune all through his spectacular NHL occupation and provides the right combination of experience, trade acumen and management qualities that the Flyers want lately as we paintings to reach our final function, the Stanley Cup Championship.”

Fletcher, 51, has labored with NHL groups for 25 years and maximum just lately served as a senior adviser with the New Jersey Devils. He used to be the GM of the Minnesota Wild from 2009-18, however his contract used to be no longer renewed within the spring.

Right through his tenure there, the Wild compiled a 399-298-89 document and certified for the Stanley Cup playoffs in each and every of his final six seasons, which is the second-longest energetic streak within the NHL.

In Minnesota, Fletcher used to be keen to take dangers in unfastened company, signing defenseman Ryan Suter and ahead Zach Parise to important contracts in 2012 and including Eric Staal as a unfastened agent in 2016.

Hextall have been criticized for being too affected person and failing to make competitive strikes. The franchise went 165-128-58 beneath Hextall.

“I wish to see if we now have answers in space and deal with the ones internally,” Fletcher stated Monday. “If we will be able to’t to find answers internally, we can glance externally. The function is to make the playoffs this 12 months.

“There’s no explanation why we will be able to’t be a playoff group now.”

The Flyers are 11-12-2 and in 15th position within the NHL’s Japanese Convention. For the reason that 2012-13 season, the Flyers have neglected the playoffs 3 times and misplaced within the convention quarterfinals 3 times.

—Box Stage Media

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