Why did Flyers choose Chuck Fletcher as their new GM?
The Flyers shocked the hockey world final Monday once they fired Basic Supervisor Ron Hextall.
Nonetheless, it was hardly a shock this Monday when the staff introduced his alternative.
Chuck Fletcher, who was employed because the eighth basic supervisor in staff historical past, was rumored as the favourite for the job the minute after information of Hextall’s elimination was launched.
When Hextall was axed primarily resulting from his reluctance to hurry up the rebuilding plan, Fletcher shortly stood out as a result of he was not simply among the finest free brokers obtainable, however his fame is a 180-degree flip from Hextall’s.
Whereas Hextall, in his first stint as a GM, displayed endurance and constructed the Flyers on the again of drafting and creating younger gamers, Fletcher had a extra aggressive fashion, and fondness for veterans, throughout his nine-year tenure as basic supervisor of the Minnesota Wild.
Then, mix that comparability with Comcast Spectacor chairman and CEO Dave Scott’s and President Paul Holmgren’s desire for somebody who wouldn’t bristle on the concept to speed up the method and level the Flyers’ trajectory, which has been principally flat underneath Hextall the final four-plus years, north.
“The underside line is, we simply thought we wanted to make extra progress,” Scott stated final Tuesday at a press convention on Hextall’s ouster. “So we made the change.”
By means of a sequence of dangerous and shrewd offers, in addition to signing big-name free brokers, the Wild made six-straight journeys to the postseason whereas Fletcher was in management.
His boldest strikes included inking defenseman Ryan Suter and ahead Zach Parise to 13-year, $98 million offers in the summertime of 2012, buying standout goalie Devan Dubnyk for a third-round choose and including veteran ahead Eric Staal two years in the past.
The one drawback was the Wild struggled to win within the playoffs. Following a first-round loss for the fifth time, Fletcher was proven the door in April.
The knock on him was whereas he put collectively a profitable roster that entered every of the final half-dozen seasons as a Western Convention contender, he didn’t assemble one which was deep sufficient to maintain a protracted playoff run.
Alongside those self same traces, his draft document is dismal. Fletcher swapped picks to accumulate late-season veteran leases, who principally didn’t pan out, which additionally left the staff with fewer picks every June – the exact opposite state of affairs he’s inheriting from Hextall.
“I believe [Hextall] left us in a very good place,” Scott stated. “We’ve definitely obtained a youthful staff now, cap house and a superb farm system, and we’re feeling excellent about that.”
Fletcher’s first full day with the Flyers was on Tuesday and it’ll take a while to handle rapid wants like filling a emptiness for an assistant GM, evaluating the top coach and every participant – and even studying the place the bogs are positioned on the SkateZone in Voorhees, N.J.
Make no mistake, although. He was handpicked by Holmgren and accredited by Scott, to behave – and shortly.
“The very first thing for me is I’d like to take a seat down with the coaches and let’s see what we will do,” Fletcher informed reporters Monday. “How can we enhance? If we will’t discover the options internally, then I definitely will look externally and do what we will to enhance this staff.”
“Our aim is to make the playoffs this yr and we’d like to seek out options to get there. I can inform you I’ll be aggressive in that sense.”
Music to Scott’s and Holmgren’s ears.