The Philadelphia Flyers have decided on their new general manager.
They officially named Chuck Fletcher executive vice president and general manager on Monday afternoon.
“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,” said Scott. “Chuck has earned success throughout his impressive NHL career and offers the right mix of expertise, business acumen and leadership qualities that the Flyers need today as we work to achieve our ultimate goal, the Stanley Cup Championship.”
“The Flyers are proud to have Chuck Fletcher as the new general manager of our hockey club,” said Holmgren. “Throughout his career he has helped shape teams that have consistently competed in the playoffs. In addition, Chuck’s tireless work ethic, wealth of knowledge and experience in the hockey community will be instrumental in leading our team into the future. I’d like to personally welcome Chuck to the Flyers family.”
“It is an honor to join the Flyers, an iconic NHL franchise, and I would like to thank Dave Scott and Paul Holmgren for entrusting me to guide the team forward,” said Fletcher. “Adding to my excitement is the high level of talent that is in place, which sets this opportunity apart and will pay dividends as we move the organization ahead and ultimately compete for a Championship.”
Fletcher joins the Flyers after serving as a Senior Advisor to the General Manager/Hockey Operations for the New Jersey Devils since the beginning of the 2018-19 season. Prior to that, he spent nine seasons, from 2009-10 through 2017-18, as general manager of the Minnesota Wild where he compiled a record of 399-298-89 and helped lead them to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of his last six seasons, which is currently the second-longest active streak in the NHL.
Before his tenure as general manager of the Wild, Fletcher was assistant general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2006-09. In addition to his time with the Wild and Penguins, Fletcher has extensive experience in hockey operations throughout the NHL. He held the positions of Director of Hockey Operations, Assistant General Manager, and Vice President of Amateur Scouting/Player Development for the Anaheim Ducks from 2002-2006, and was the Assistant General Manager of the Florida Panthers from their expansion season in 1993 through 2002. Fletcher’s father is Hockey Hall of Fame executive Cliff Fletcher, who was general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs (1991-97) and Calgary Flames (1972-91).
Chuck Fletcher is a graduate of Harvard University (1990) and upon graduation spent time with Hockey Canada and as a player agent with Newport Sports Management. He and his wife, Rhonda, have two children, daughter Kaitlin, and son Keith.
Fletcher is currently the Senior Advisor to the GM of the New Jersey Devils.
Fletcher was the general manager of the Minnesota Wild from May 21, 2009 to April 23 of this year. He was previously the assistant GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins for three years under Ray Shero.
He started with the Florida Panthers, where he was assistant GM from expansion (1993) until 2002, when he joined the Anaheim Ducks.
One of the most notable moves that Fletcher made occurred in the 2012 offseason. He spent big in free agency, which is speculatively something that Ron Hextall wanted to avoid.
Fletcher signed Zach Parise and Ryan Suter – two of the biggest free agents on the market – to matching 13-year, $98 million contracts. He also signed Eric Staal to a three-year, $10.5 million contract in 2016.
On the other hand, Fletcher traded a first-round pick, second-round pick, and conditional fourth-round pick for two months of Martin Hanzal and Ryan White at the 2017 trade deadline. It was a steep price to pay, but he believed it would put them over the top – spoiler alert: it didn’t.
Those moves helped the Wild make the playoffs in six straight seasons from 2012-13 to 2017-18. Unfortunately for them, the team built around the superstars has failed to live up to expectations.
Sounds familiar, right?
Well, hopefully not. If Fletcher does get brought on as general manager, he has an arguably better roster in place than the one in Minnesota. If he can make a big splash or two, this Flyers team will turn around quickly.
Fletcher isn’t a flashy name, such as Steve Yzerman, but he would bring an outside point of view and a fresh voice into the organization.