21 May 2009

BREAKING: Strib Reports Wild to announce Penguins' assistant GM Fletcher as new GM on Friday

http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/45746452.html?page=2&c=y

So it seems Mr. Fletcher won the job in the new era of the State of Hockey. I think clearly he's going to handle player negotiations and injuries better than Riseborough (not that's terribly difficult).

The BIG concern I have is his first duty is to hire a new head coach to replace the (at least presently) retired Jacques Lemaire. Since Firing Eddie Olcyzk all they've done in Pittsburgh is promote whoever is coaching their Wilkes-Barre/Scranton affiliate and then fire that person before the end of a season. Frankly no coaches in Pittsburgh have been impressive for many seasons now.

I know fans had a love/hate with Lemaire, but I think there's some consensus that the stability was good, and Lemaire probably left at the right time. I don't know how Wild would handle going from coaching stability if Fletcher brings a "revolving door" mentality to the coaching position here. I guess this decision will decide whether I'm getting on board with this or not.

And unfortunatly unless someone else hires McGuire, it seems we get to suffer through another year of him on NBC.

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