The Philadelphia Flyers have narrowed their list down to one name. Chuck Fletcher. A guy the Flyers thought so highly of and when the name(s) for a new GM came out, he was ahead of all the rest.
- Fletcher spent seven-years as the Assistant General Manager with the Florida Panthers (1993-2000).
- The GM for the AHL Louisville Panthers, and Assistant General Manager back and forth for three-years.
- Served as the Director of Hockey Operations and Asst. General Manager for Mighty Ducks AHL/NHL teams (2002-2006).
- Until moving to Pittsburgh to be the Asst. General Manager for their AHL/NHL team from 2006-2009.
- Finally becoming the General Manager/VP. Hockey Ops of the Minnesota Wild for nine-years (2009-2018)
- Shortly serving as the Senior Advisor for the Devils (NHL) this season and now the General Manager of the Philadelphia Flyers.
I think I need a break from just writing that CVS style long sheet known as Chuck Fletchers career. Fletcher has work ahead of him in Philadelphia. He built a solid roster in Minnesota, but failed to crack a superstar, due to some contract issues. But Fletcher managed to build a roster that has made Minnesota competitive for the last six years. Under Fletcher the Wild managed to make the playoffs six of the nine seasons he was there. Yet, they only made it past the first round two times. Fletcher will go a team similar to the Wild in terms of success but missing the biggest accolade in hockey, the Stanley Cup.
What will Fletchers first few moves be?
1. Firing Dave Hakstol?
This is not a guaranteed move, but a major possibility with the coaches available right now, one of them being Joel Quenneville. You’d have to think with how frustrated Flyer fans have been with Hakstol over the last few years, and one of the best coaches in hockey being available, they would go out and try and bring in a new face along with Fletcher.
2. Getting a number one goaltender.
This has to be done. Fletcher managed to get Devan Dubnyk in Minnesota and that panned out well. With the Flyers many struggles in net, and it being a huge part to their failures over the last few years (and a big reason they lost in the Stanley Cup final in 2010). With Cam Talbot on the possible block Fletcher may look to reach out to Edmonton to find a price on the goaltender, Scott Darling is available, not a number one but perhaps better than what the Flyers have. Jimmy Howard was rumored to be on the block, Howard has seen his struggles but he is better than any goalie the Flyers have.
3. Trying to build a reliable blue line.
The Flyers have had their struggles on the backend aside from goaltending, the Flyers defense is not all that reliable. With their defense eating up 16.57 million dollars on their cap hit (around four-percent of their cap hit). They have Andrew MacDonald at $5 mil ending in 2020-21, Radko Gudas at 3.35 million ending in 2020-21 and Shayne Gostisbehere at 4.5 million ending in 2023-24, three defenseman eat up half their blue line cap which makes it hard for them to find plug in players to be effective for cheap.