There will soon be a new general manger in charge of the Philadelphia Flyers. The only question is who?
According to Elliotte Friedman, the Flyers are going to meet with Chuck Fletcher on Thursday.
Sounds like Chuck Fletcher interview for vacant PHI GM job will be Thursday
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) November 29, 2018
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.