December 3, 2018 | 12:20pm ET
FLYERS TO NAME FLETCHER NEW GM
The Philadelphia Flyers have found their next General Manager, as Chuck Fletcher is set to become the eighth GM in team history.
As first reported by Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Fletcher will take over for Ron Hextall, who was fired last week.
Fletcher, 51, was the GM of the Minnesota Wild for almost 10 seasons and has been working in an advisory role with the New Jersey Devils this season.
“He’ll do a great job in Philly,” an unnamed Flyers executive told the Inquirer. “Everybody’s going to be happy to work for him. Everybody’s going to be happy he’s there. His reputation, which is pretty easy when you talk to scouts and all those who have worked for him, is top-level. Everybody enjoyed working for him. Everybody wanted to work for him. Everybody felt part of the team.”
Fletcher will have his work cut out for him, as the Flyers higher-end executives want the team to be competitive now and he’ll immediately look to make roster changes.
The Flyers are believed to want to improve their goaltending, their centre position and their defensive corps by bringing in proven veteran players.
Fletcher will also have to make a decision on the future of Head Coach Dave Haksol. Most GMs prefer to work with their own hand-picked coach, but Fletcher may wait before making any changes behind the bench.