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Report: Wild to extend GM Fletcher’s contract

Mar 8, 2014, 8:11 PM EDT

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The Minnesota Wild will get their first look at forwards Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick against the Dallas Stars on Saturday, the latest examples of GM Chuck Fletcher’s work. Apparently the franchise is noticing Fletcher’s efforts, as the CBC’s Elliotte Friedman reports that the general manager is expected to get a contract extension.

Fletcher has been the Wild’s GM since May 21, 2009.

Moulson told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he’s excited to get back into meaningful action after spending some time with the cellar dwelling Buffalo Sabres.

“It’s exciting to play against the team you’re battling with for position and to get into games that mean a lot,” Moulson said. “I had a little taste of that last year (with the New York Islanders) and it’ll be good to get back into it this year.”

It should be an exciting scene, indeed, as the Stars will ride the momentum of an emotional Mike Modano jersey retirement ceremony.

  1. esracerx46 - Mar 8, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    I know Wild fans hold him in high regard, but I don’t know if he deserves an extension. Sure he got Sites and Praise. But every GM in the league wanted those guys.

    • strictlythedanks - Mar 8, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      The only bad move hes made was signing backstrom last offseason

      • esracerx46 - Mar 8, 2014 at 9:59 PM

        He also burned a year off of Dumba’s entry level deal. In the salary cap era, that is unacceptable.

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Mar 8, 2014 at 10:50 PM

        Fletcher has made a few bad moves, but every GM is going to get burned every now and again. The key is to make more Cal Clutterbuck for Nino Niederreiter type trades than Nick Leddy for Cam Barker type trades.

      • esracerx46 - Mar 8, 2014 at 11:13 PM

        I think every GM wants to make more trades with the Islanders!

    • blomfeld - Mar 8, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      YOU’RE WRONG ERASER AND YOU KNOW IT !

      I say give this man 197 million right now and slap anyone who begs to differ right in the face !

    • esracerx46 - Mar 8, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      *Suter and Parise. Damn autocorrect!

  2. ethanmacleod1685 - Mar 8, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Fair play. He’s done a good job attracting top end talent there but they’re still a few peices away from being contenders. Really like their team tho, not totally convinced on Yeo tho. I think he’s ok but not sure if he’s getting the most out of that group. I think they’ll make the playoffs but will be lucky to make 2nd round. Next year tho is a big year in Minny, the start of maybe something great. They have huge potential!

    • esracerx46 - Mar 8, 2014 at 10:02 PM

      On the flip side, Todd Richards always seems to get the most out of his team in Columbus…

    • esracerx46 - Mar 8, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      Also, money helps attracting that talent.

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Mar 8, 2014 at 10:53 PM

        Which in a salary cap era, the General Manager (last I checked, that is Fletcher) needs to be able to not waste cap dollars, so he can have that kind of money to be able to attract that talent….

      • esracerx46 - Mar 8, 2014 at 11:11 PM

        I’m not knocking him for signing those guys. Yes he needed the cap space to do it. But it’s not like he discovered those guys. They were known assets. A lot of teams out there had sacks of money to give them. Fletcher’s was just a little bigger. He didn’t pull of some amazing trade to get them, he didn’t take a chance and draft them. Congrats on getting 2 top notch players. But he has to fill out the bottom half of the roster. Something they have yet to do.

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Mar 9, 2014 at 8:46 AM

        Actually Parise and Suter took less to sign with Minnesota, but we won’t get facts get in the way of your good story.

  3. 127taringa - Mar 9, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Hockey is notorius for recycling management and coaches. This guy is about the same level or below Sather, Lowe… I really dont see how he can keep his job. I would rate him mediocre, at best. As for Parise and Suter, those players wanted to go to Minnesota and not by a stroke of genius by Cliff Fletcher. Most GM’s could of signed these guys for less.

    Take a look at his track record, abysmal. Wild fans, sponsors and the rest of the State of Hockey should be callling for change.

    If any new GM were to take over it would take years to build a solid organization with depth. He has pretty much left the cupboards bare with not alot to show for it.

    • fightingwild - Mar 10, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      Wow you don’t know much about the Wild do you? The cupboards are hardly bare. There is plenty of talent pouring into the IA Wild. Now while the Wild have always been good enough to be mediocre & draft middle of the pack they have picked up some good players. The Wild are building up to being cup contenders for the next 5 or so years. If you want to know who to blame for the Wild’s bare cupboards it was Doug “let me screw up UFA’s” Risebrough. Fletch has done an admirable job.

  4. credible316 - Mar 9, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    No GM is perfect and I think NYI and Buffalo fans can attest to that but Chuck has done an excellent job with this team. The only move that bugs me was the Leddy deal but it gets pretty forgivable when you look at the El Nino, Coyle, Pomminville, and now Moulsen deals. Oh, and the Suter and Parise deals!!!!!!!

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