By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Philadelphia Flyers have hired Chuck Fletcher as their new general manager. He replaces Ron Hextall, who was fired in November.
Fletcher will become the eighth general manager in team history. He will come to the team after working as a Senior Adviser for the New Jersey Devils.
He previously spent nine seasons as the Minnesota Wild general manager. He did not have his contract renewed on April 23rd, 2018.
As the Wild general manager, the team made six playoff appearances. Minnesota only advanced past the second round one.
Fletcher was considered the front-runner for the position in recent days. The Devils allowed their rivals permission to interview Fletcher.
He worked under Devils general manager Ray Shero. Fletcher previously worked under Shero with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Fletcher also worked in the Florida Panthers front office, as Assistant General Manager. He also was the Director of Hockey Operations with the Anaheim Ducks.
He also had jobs with Hockey Canada.
His father, Cliff Fletcher, was a long-time GM in the NHL.
Hextall was fired due to a disconnect with team president Paul Holmgren. Hextall replaced Holmgren as general manager on the same day the former GM was named team president.
In addition, Holmgren also fires general manager Chris Pryor. Assistant coach Gord Murphy, who was hired by Hextall prior to Dave Hakstol’s hiring, was also fired.