“A new era for the Wild begins Friday. According to NHL sources, the Star Tribune has learned that the Wild has agreed to terms with Pittsburgh Penguins assistant General Manager Chuck Fletcher to replace Doug Risebrough, who was fired April 16.”
Yours truly worked for Chuck when he was with the Panthers back in 1998-99. He is a great guy. Very smart and he has put in his time preparing for this job.
“Fletcher, 41, the son of longtime NHL exec Cliff Fletcher, has been around the sport since he was a child. He’s got 16 years of experience with Florida, Anaheim and Pittsburgh, and he’s only 41, working alongside some of the NHL’s most respected executives — Bill Torrey, Bobby Clarke, Bryan Murray, Brian Burke and now Ray Shero. He’s a rarity because he negotiates contracts, like the $58 million Pavel Bure deal in Florida, and helps scout and draft players. It’s a team effort, obviously, but some of the best include Ed Jovanovski, Rob Niedermayer, Rhett Warrener, Kristian Huselius, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Joffrey Lupul and Bobby Ryan. Fletcher played a huge part in the Panthers’ 1993 expansion draft that turned into the core (John Vanbiesbrouck, Scott Mellanby, Brian Skrudland, Tom Fitzgerald and Bill Lindsay the most notables) of Florida’s 1996 run to the Stanley Cup Finals. He also has been to the Finals with Anaheim and Pittsburgh.”
Congrats to Chuck and his entire family. Also to the Wild and their fans!
Read Russo here