Flyers hire Alain Vigneault as head coach
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have hired Alain Vigneault as head coach, hoping the veteran can help lead them to their first Stanley Cup since 1975.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have transformed from the worst team in the NHL to not-so-bad in the East.
Their recent run toward respectability could net them the playoff berth...
Flyers place forward Dale Weise on waivers
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have placed forward Dale Weise on waivers.
General manager Chuck Fletcher announced the move Tuesday. Weise has one season left after this one on a $9.4 million, four-year contract he signed under previous GM Ron Hextall.
Patrick lifts Flyers over scuffling Rangers 3-2 in shootout
NEW YORK (AP) — After firing their general manager and coach in recent weeks, the Philadelphia Flyers have responded to a midseason shake-up.
Nolan Patrick scored the lone goal against Henrik Lundqvist in a shootout that lasted four rounds and Philadelphia beat the scuffling New York Rangers 3-2 on Sunday night.
Hart stops 20 shots in NHL debut, Flyers top Red Wings 3-2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carter Hart had a night he'll never forget, and the rest of the Philadelphia Flyers had a night they really needed.
Hart made 20 saves in his NHL debut and Shayne Gostisbehere and James van Riemsdyk each had a goal and an assist as Philadelphia defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Tuesday night and made interim coach Scott Gordon a winner in his first game.
Hart, Gordon win in debuts as Flyers top Red Wings 3-2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carter Hart made 22 saves in his NHL debut and Shayne Gostisbehere and James van Riemsdyk each had a goal and an assist as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Tuesday night and made interim coach Scott Gordon a winner in his first game.
Radko Gudas also scored for Philadelphia, which snapped a four-game losing streak.
Flyers fire coach Dave Hakstol, Gordon interim replacement
It took less than two weeks as general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers for Chuck Fletcher to see what he needed to see with coach Dave Hakstol.
The Flyers were still making too many mistakes, still not playing up to their talent level and it was all too clear the message wasn't getting across from their fourth-year coach. With the team mired in a four-game losing streak, Fletcher fired Hakstol on Monday and named Scott Gordon as interim replacement.
Flyers hire Fletcher as new general manager
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers turned to an outsider to try and win their first Stanley Cup in nearly 45 years.
The Flyers hired Chuck Fletcher as their general manager on Monday in hopes that he can resuscitate a playoff team from a year ago that has become one of the worst teams in the NHL. He's the eighth GM in team history — and the first with no ties to the Flyers since Russ Farwell had the job from 1990 to 1994.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils have hired former Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher as a senior adviser for management and hockey operations.
Devils executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero says Fletcher will help him and assist in hockey operations, including scouting. Fletcher previously worked under Shero for three years as assistant general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2006-2009. The team won the Stanley Cup in 2009.
Paul Fenton was hired as general manager of the Minnesota Wild on Monday, after 20 seasons in the front office with the division rival Nashville Predators.
Only two days after cutting ties with Chuck Fletcher, ending his nine-year run as general manager, the Wild started to explore possible replacements.
The team met with Predators assistant general manager Paul Fenton Wednesday in the Twin Cities, a source said.
Starting the offseason with a general manager search could signal the first of many significant changes for the Wild.
The team cut ties with Chuck Fletcher on Monday following nine seasons together, and a new voice in charge is likely to bring different ideas.
But owner Craig Leipold made it clear his hire isnt going to be tabbed with architecting a complete overhaul, and the team is on board with that outlook.
Alex Ovechkin scored twice and Braden Holtby had 35 saves as the Washington Capitals advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 6-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 6 on Monday night.
The Capitals will next face Pittsburgh in the second round of the playoffs for a third straight year. The Penguins won each of the last two years on the way to winning consecutive Stanley Cup championships.
Time ran out on Craig Leipolds evaluation of Chuck Fletcher as general manager. The Wild owner had to make a call, yes or no, and not push his decision until later because Fletchers contract was expiring.
In that context, Leipold made a move Monday that wasnt surprising, cutting ties with Fletcher after nine seasons overseeing the Wilds hockey operation.
Wild split with GM Chuck Fletcher after playoff exit
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — When Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold entered the team's new practice facility a couple of weeks ago, the organizational motto was staring him in the face.
So was the advice he should make a change in the front office, despite his fondness of general manager Chuck Fletcher.
"It's the first thing you see when you walk in the door: 'Good is not good enough,'" Leipold said. "I felt that was a signal for me."
Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher will not be returning to the team, team owner Craig Leipold announced on Monday. Fletchers contract had expired and will not be renewed.
Minnesota Wild fire longtime general manager Chuck Fletcher after team’s first-round playoff exit
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Wild fire longtime general manager Chuck Fletcher after team's first-round playoff exit.
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Wild lose Parise for multiple weeks to broken sternum
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild were hit with a major setback in their first-round playoff matchup with Winnipeg, a broken sternum for left wing Zach Parise suffered in the last game that will keep him out for at least the remainder of the series and likely longer if they advance.
The Wild revealed the injury about three hours before Game 4 against the Jets, with a vague announcement on Tuesday by general manager Chuck Fletcher that declared Parise's status as "week to week."
Although Wild brass has been engaged in trade talk leading up to the leaguewide deadline that hits Monday, little change if any has seemed like a potential outcome.
Management has praised the teams depth and felt the group is trending in the right direction amid a surge that now has it vying for a Central Division berth. Those are signs that can make a case for leaving the roster alone, but minimal cap space appeared to make maneuvering a challenge.
Wild still in wait-and-see mode for NHL trade deadline
Had the Wild been healthier this season, giving management more time to assess the rosters potential as is, the teams outlook as it nears the NHL trade deadline may have been different.
But with a lineup thats been at full strength in only five games approaching mid-February, team brass is still making evaluations.
And that has the Wild in wait-and-see mode before the window to incite change closes Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. Twin Cities time.
Much of the focus is on how the Wild will tackle the second half of the season now that it finally has a healthy roster at its disposal, with Thursdays game against the Buffalo Sabres its first full-strength look.
But the organization is also keeping tabs on its pipeline.
General Manager Chuck Fletcher recently visited Russia, meeting prized prospect Kirill Kaprizov currently playing for CSKA Moscow in the Kontinental Hockey League for the first time.
Underperforming Wild trying to pick up the defensive pace
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher sounded like the concerned parent of a needing-to-be-punished teenager recently when he was assessing for reporters his team's performance nearing the one-third mark of the season.
Wild GM Chuck Fletcher: ‘The focus has got to change’
Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher said, Its been incredibly disappointing, watching a team that fancies itself as a Stanley Cup contender fade outside the playoff picture 24 games into an 82-game season.
Right now, the focus has got to change, Fletcher said Wednesday. And if it doesnt, then this is what we are. Well win one, lose one, get blown out occasionally, and [the goaltenders] are going to have a lot of long nights.
He knew it was just business, an unfortunate ripple effect of a team squeezed hard against the salary cap. Still, every time Mike Reilly headed south on Interstate 35, he felt a little letdown.
The Wild defenseman has made that trip to Iowa twice this season, when Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher needed to clear cap space for the forwards called up to fill gaps on his injury-riddled roster.
Wild star Parise has back surgery, out 8-10 weeks
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise will miss at least two more months after having surgery on his lower back.
Wild’s Parise has ailing back, will miss at least 2 games
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild will start the regular season without veteran left wing Zach Parise, who has been slowed by a back injury.
General manager Chuck Fletcher said after practice Monday that Parise would not travel to games at Detroit on Thursday and at Carolina on Saturday. Fletcher said Parise was "having a hard time getting over the hump." The 33-year-old played in no preseason games. The goal is for Parise to practice with the team next week.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — There were many years in Minnesota Wild history when assembling a list of their top 10 players would have been a breeze.
That was the biggest challenge this offseason.
The downside to the roster depth the Wild have built has arrived this week in the form of the NHL expansion draft, which will rob them of a valuable player on Wednesday night when the Vegas Golden Knights construct their inaugural team with one player from each of the other 30 clubs.
The prospect of losing talent to Vegas is keeping a lot of NHL general managers up at night.
"Sometimes at 3 in the morning I wake up and remind myself of that: 'You can only lose one player. Go back to sleep,'" Minnesota's Chuck Fletcher said.
Wild’s Staal has concussion from head-first boards crash
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal has a concussion from his head-first crash into the boards.
Fortunately, the dangerous collision didn't damage him further than that. He knew it looked bad enough that, when he greeted his wife soon after, he apologized to her for having to wince her way through the scary sequence.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The St. Louis Blues were reveling in their Game 5 win at Minnesota to clinch the first-round series when coach Mike Yeo was greeted by a familiar face in the office inside the visiting team locker room.
Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher, who fired him just down the hall a little more than a year ago, stepped in to congratulate him on the 4-3 overtime victory .
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — With much of Minnesota settled in at a lake, teeing things up at a golf course or prepping the backyard grill, the Wild offices were busier than usual for a holiday morning on July 4, 2012.
Four days into free agency, general manager Chuck Fletcher and his staff were still pursuing two of the top players on the market, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.
Slumping Wild recall rookie forward Joel Eriksson Ek
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have recalled forward Joel Eriksson Ek from his Swedish team for the remainder of the season.
The slumping Wild made the move Tuesday, summoning one of their top prospects in time for the final stretch.
The 20-year-old Eriksson Ek scored for the Wild in his NHL debut on Oct. 22 and had two goals and three assists in nine games before being reassigned. He had eight goals and eight assists in 26 games for Farjestad BK in the Swedish Elite League.
Wild acquire center Martin Hanzal in trade with Coyotes
In acquiring center Martin Hanzal, the Minnesota Wild are going all in trying to win the Stanley Cup this season.
The Wild traded a 2017 first-round pick, 2018 second-round pick and conditional 2019 fourth-round pick and minor leaguer Grayson Downing to the Arizona Coyotes for Hanzal, forward Ryan White and a 2017 fourth-round pick. It's a hefty price for the 30-year-old pending unrestricted free agent but one the Wild are willing to pay ahead of Wednesday's NHL trade deadline.
Vagabond career brings everyman Boudreau back to Minnesota
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The last time Bruce Boudreau landed in Minnesota, his dedication to the sport left much to be desired.
Now he's back in the capital city as an NHL head coach on his third team, bringing a passionate work ethic to the Wild developed over four decades of a vagabond career with the mutual hope of reaching an unprecedented level of postseason success.
With Boudreau behind the bench, Wild embark on new era
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Not much has changed with the Minnesota Wild roster.
The biggest difference is the man now in charge on the bench, Bruce Boudreau, who's been tasked with squeezing more success out of a team that's been stuck in the early rounds of the playoffs for the last four years.
The Wilds annual summer development camp ends Sunday with a 5 p.m. scrimmage that is open to the public at Xcel Energy Center, and the most intriguing line has been Sam Anas, a college free agent out of Quinnipiac, with 2014 and 2015 first-round picks Alex Tuch and Joel Eriksson Ek.
The trio combined for two goals in Thursdays scrimmage and flashed a lot of skill.
Its good for me to know they think of me in the same caliber as those players, two first-round picks,...