Pittsburgh Penguins assistant GM Chuck Fletcher is off to Minnesota to take over as the general manager of the Wild. He will be the second general manager in Wild franchise history.
Fletcher replaces Doug Risebrough, who had been with the team since its founding. Risebrough was fired in April following eight seasons in the driver’s seat with the Wild advancing beyond the first round of the playoffs only once (in 2003).
Fletcher is the son of Cliff Fletcher, the Hall of Fame inductee in the builder’s category. Chuck is a 1990 Harvard grad and has been in line for a position of this type for quite some time, having walked in the footsteps of other GMs and doubtlessly learned a lot of the trade from his dad. Now it’s his time to shine in Minnesota as the franchise looks to turn things in a new direction.
Fletcher was instrumental in Pittsburgh, helping GM Ray Shero bring the franchise up to a genuine contender with the acquisition of players like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. That Chuck Fletcher has helped create a Stanley Cup contending team year after year in Pittsburgh will not be lost on anxious Minnesota fans.
An official announcement is planned for a Friday news conference.
Posted by Jordan Richardson.