Chuck Fletcher Out As Wild General Manager

A review of Chuck Fletcher's moves as Wild general manager from 2009-18

A review of Chuck Fletcher's moves as Wild general manager from 2009-18

The Minnesota Wild General Manager, Chuck Fletcher, will not be returning next season.

"I want to thank Chuck Fletcher for his substantial contributions to our franchise over the past nine years", Leipold said.

The Wild was quickly ousted from the first-round of the playoffs after going down 4-1 in the series.

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The Wild have six straight post-season appearances, matching the longest-running streak in the Western Conference, but they have not reached the second round since 2015. The team made another early exit this season after five games against the Winnipeg Jets.

"Anything short of winning the Stanley Cup would be a disappointment", Leipold told a throng of reporters from inside his owner's suite.

"Well, first of all, I don't think the market really understands what a game changer that was for our business", Leipold defended, acknowledging the $7.5 million annual salary cap hit that both players carry. Brent Flahr, Senior VP of Hockey Operations, will serving as acting GM. I believe we are.

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Leipold said he won't order a significant rebuild, nor does he believe that's necessary for post-season progress.

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The team says the search for a new GM will begin immediately.

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