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SportWith ‘cupboards full,’ new GM Chuck Fletcher will try to turn Flyers around

18:05  06 december  2018
18:05  06 december  2018 Source:   philly.com

Source: Chuck Fletcher to be named Flyers GM

Source: Chuck Fletcher to be named Flyers GM The Flyers are giving Chuck Fletcher a chance to produce their first Stanley Cup winner since 1975. Fletcher, 51, the son of a Hall of Fame hockey executive, will be named the eighth general manager in Flyers history, The Inquirer and Daily News have learned. A high-ranking club official said Fletcher will replace Ron Hextall, who was stunningly fired Nov. 26 while in his fifth season as GM. Bill Zito, a Columbus assistant general manager, was believed to be the runner-up to Fletcher. Every general manager has his own take “on how it should be run,” the Flyers executive said.

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The NHL Tonight crew discusses the Flyers hiring Chuck Fletcher as their new general manager, and how he could help turn the franchise around .

With ‘cupboards full,’ new GM Chuck Fletcher will try to turn Flyers around© ASSOCIATED PRESS In this May 10, 2016, file photo, Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher speaks at a news conference. The Philadelphia Flyers have hired Fletcher as their general manager in hopes that he can resuscitate one of the worst teams in the NHL.

Chuck Fletcher’s nine-year tenure as the Minnesota Wild’s general manager has been viewed in different ways.

Critics of Fletcher, who was officially introduced Wednesday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees as the Flyers' eighth general manager, point out that his trading record was a mixed bag and that only once did his teams advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

Flyers hire Fletcher as new general manager

Flyers hire Fletcher as new general manager The Philadelphia Flyers have hired Chuck Fletcher as their general manager in hopes that he can resuscitate one of the worst teams in the NHL. Fletcher will replace the fired Ron Hextall. He had been working as a senior adviser to the New Jersey Devils after spending the last nine seasons as GM of the Minnesota Wild. The Flyers are 11-12-2 and only the Devils are worse in the Eastern Conference. Holmgren fired Hextall citing "philosophical differences" and an "unyielding" approach toward sticking with his methodical rebuilding plan.

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Chuck Fletcher was named the Flyers ' new general manager on Monday. Chuck Fletcher , who was hired as the eighth general manager in team history, was rumored as the favorite for the job the minute after news of Hextall’s removal was released.

Proponents note that his Wild teams, competing in the rugged Western Conference, made the playoffs in each of the last six seasons.

Flyers president Paul Holmgren is one of the staunchest supporters of Fletcher, who was fired by Minnesota after last season and became a senior adviser for the New Jersey Devils.

“If you look at the team that’s there right now," Holmgren said of the Wild, "they’re probably one of the better teams in the league. That’s really his team.”

Minnesota, with mostly players signed, acquired, or drafted during Fletcher’s tenure, was 15-10-2 and tied for 11th among the NHL’s 31 teams heading into Wednesday.

Holmgren said the Flyers needed a “different set of eyes and a different voice pushing the organization forward” and that Fletcher would lean on executives “more extensively” than the dismissed Ron Hextall.

Chuck Fletcher an uninspired choice as Flyers GM

Chuck Fletcher an uninspired choice as Flyers GM A lot of times, when a coach or GM gets fired, people want the name to be someone they might not have expected. It’s unfortunately all too true that the easiest way to get a job in this sport is for your dad to have played, coached, or managed professional hockey in the 1980s. Chuck Fletcher is an uninspired choice for Flyers GM. For example, it wasn’t a bad move for the Oilers to hire hockey lifer Ken Hitchcock as coach, because that’s a guy who gets results more often than not, even if it’s on a short-term basis in a lot of cases.

The Flyers look to make a good impression on their new GM as front office establishes a new approach. It was kinda fun reading online and seeing he was going to be the new GM ." Folin is the only current Flyers player familiar with Fletcher 's business acumen having played for him as a rookie

He was aggressive as the Wild manager, so it makes sense that Holmgren would hire him. Support The Hockey Guy via Patreon

Highlights of the news conference and afterward include:

· Holmgren said he interviewed seven or eight candidates and that Fletcher was named just a week after Hextall was fired "because there’s not a lot of hockey left, and we want to get back to the business of winning hockey games.”

· Fletcher, 51, thanked Holmgren and Dave Scott, the CEO and chairman of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast Spectacor, “for showing faith in me" and called the franchise an “iconic brand. You look at the original six teams in the NHL, and, obviously, they’ve been around a long time. You put Philadelphia right with them. It’s just a tremendous market, a tremendous franchise, has great history 2018-- Stanley Cup-championship history."

· As he did in a conference call Monday, Fletcher saluted Hextall’s work, saying, “The cupboards are full. There’s a tremendous amount of prospects. This year, we have nine draft picks [in the seven rounds]. We have cap space, and we have good players. There’s everything here to be successful."

Do the Flyers 'want to make big trades right away'?

Do the Flyers 'want to make big trades right away'? There are some mixed messages around what exactly the Flyers are trying to do right now. Plus, a quasi-update on Wayne Simmonds, and a note on the hiring of Chuck Fletcher. New general manager Chuck Fletcher’s opening press conference on Wednesday came with a bucket of water to dump on the idea that the team was going to come right out guns-a-blazing looking to make trades, which was the message that Paul Holmgren and Dave Scott had sent out to some extent in their media avaiability after the firing of Ron Hextall.

The Flyers hired Chuck Fletcher as their Executive Vice President and General Manager on Monday, one week after firing Rox "At the conclusion of a rigorous review of GM candidates, Chuck Fletcher clearly stood out from the field of talented and capable executives we considered," Flyers Governor

The Philadelphia Flyers have named former Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher as their new general manager, replacing Ron Hextall. Playing in a market that's never short of expectations, Fletcher will try to build around a team that is heavy in veteran and young talent, but lacking in quality goaltending.

· Fletcher sounded liked Hextall when he said that, because of the cap, “you have to build your team through the draft. That has to be the core of your team. There’s no other way to do it. We all can’t go out and buy 20 players."

Those prospects must be supplemented with trades and free agents to fill gaps, he said. Hextall didn’t make any signature deals in his four-plus years with the Flyers.

· The team’s defense and goaltending must improve markedly, Fletcher said.

“We’ve used five goaltenders this year in 25 games, and that’s not all performance-related; there’s been injuries and some tough breaks,” he said. “There have been a few performance issues. Clearly, there’s been some instability in goal. I think if we get some guys healthy, perhaps that can be an antidote to that, and we can get that consistency back."

· The 11-12-2 Flyers were five points out of a playoff spot before Wednesday’s games, and Fletcher said that 25 games was a “small sample size. We have a lot of runway left here. We have an opportunity to find a way to push and make the playoffs. That has to be our goal. We’re as strong as any of the teams right around us. Hopefully, we can find a way to become a very good team as the season goes along.”

Struggling Flyers fire general manager Ron Hextall

Struggling Flyers fire general manager Ron Hextall The Philadelphia Flyers have fired general manager Ron Hextall. Hextall was fired Monday after 4 + seasons on the job and the Flyers struggling with a 10-11-2 record under coach Dave Hakstol. The Flyers are coming off a 6-0 loss at Toronto and already have used five goalies this season. Flyers President Paul Holmgren thanked Hextall for his ''many significant contributions, but it has become clear that we no longer share the same philosophical approach concerning the direction of the team.

Home Forums General Hockey Discussion National Hockey League Talk. Chuck Fletcher named as new Flyers ' GM . If the worry is that he's going to try to make the team competitive well yeah. That's going to be his directive from ownership. If Flyers fans want to see the team finishing at the

Chuck Fletcher (born April 29, 1967 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a Canadian professional ice hockey executive who is currently executive vice president and general manager of the Philadelphia

At almost the same time last year, the Flyers had lost 10 straight, but they had the league’s fifth-most points from Dec. 4 until the end of the regular season and earned a playoff berth.

· Scott called Fletcher a “seasoned leader” with a “positive outlook on hockey and life. He has a very easy, open management style that I really appreciated quickly.”

· Fletcher said new assistant coach Rick Wilson, who worked for him in Minnesota, will help the defense make strides. The GM is expected to explore the trade market after he gets familiar with the team, but he said: “If we can get this thing going in the right direction, maybe we don’t have to go out and be aggressive. But if things aren’t working and we’re not getting traction, then you have to look at every angle."

· The new general manager said he would “definitely reach out to the agents very quickly” to reopen discussions with Wayne Simmonds and struggling defenseman Ivan Provorov. Holmgren said he believed the contract situation was weighing on Provorov and called it natural. “You’d have to be Superman not to have it affect you.”

· Fletcher, who planned to attend the Phantoms' AHL game on Wednesday night, reiterated that he will not make any swift decisions on his coaches and wants to give them every chance to succeed.

Former GM Ron Hextall 'stunned' losing Flyers fired him

Former GM Ron Hextall 'stunned' losing Flyers fired him Former Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall says he was stunned to be fired this week, despite the team's losing record. Hextall was fired Monday after 4 ½ seasons on the job. "I didn't see this coming in any way," Hextall said Friday. "I was shocked. I was stunned, yeah." The Flyers are 10-12-2 and in last place in the Eastern Conference under coach Dave Hakstol headed into Saturday's game at Pittsburgh. Flyers President Paul Holmgren said he fired Hextall because it had "become clear that we no longer share the same philosophical approach concerning the direction of the team.

Home Forums General Hockey Discussion National Hockey League Talk. Chuck Fletcher named as new Flyers ' GM . What are you afraid Fletcher will do to hold the Flyers back? I've been under the impression that they've already got a very good prospect pool and a strong scouting department.

So what did the Flyers ' new GM answer in his first brief 10-minute Q&A with the media, and what did we learn? First order of business. However, Fletcher will be closely monitoring Hakstol's job and whether that needs to be addressed. "I'm a big believer in trying to get to know a situation before

· Fletcher said he would lean on executives in the organization, such as Holmgren, Dean Lombardi, Barry Hanrahan, Bob Clarke, and the scouts. “When we make a decision, I make the decision, because somebody has to pull the trigger,” he said, “but it’s with a lot of input. You listen to people and you trust your people.”

Clarke, the Flyers’ senior vice president, was Florida’s general manager when he hired Fletcher as an assistant GM in 1993. When Clarke transitioned from a player to a general manager, Fletcher’s father, Cliff, who as a general manager helped Calgary win a Stanley Cup, was one of the executives he leaned on for help.

Clarke said he learned from the elder Fletcher.

“Cliff initiated looking out for the families and not just the players. He and [the Flyers'] Keith Allen were probably the only general managers at the time who thought like that,” Clarke said. “I knew Chuck had seen what his dad had done and how people were supposed to be treated.”

Clarke said Fletcher "looked after the scouts, and he was my top-two guy. What was important for me was that everybody who worked for us was included, and Chuck, right from the start, was really good at asking people’s opinions and listening to their responses and asking if we could do more. When a trade was made, Chuck and I were the two who sat down and worked together; we didn’t necessary have to agree, but we could ask each other questions and get answers. And Chuck would talk to scouts and stuff. Nobody was left out in the dark.”

Flyers executives thought Hextall, did not give them enough input.

Clarke said Fletcher had a “neat way of asking questions and getting responses, and even if you disagreed, you felt important. He was exceptionally good at that, and, for us, it was the treatment of the people who worked for us [that was important]. Chuck was really good at treating people properly."

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