Pressure's on for Wild GM Fletcher

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 9, 2012 - 9:48 AM

Though Wild GM Chuck Fletcher inherited problems, the time is now to show better results.

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kerchiefApr. 8, 1210:07 PM

With the young talent that Fletcher has acquired I'd say he gets at least two more years to see what the kids turn into. The only way he may not get at least that is if Yeo proves unable to get anything out of next year's roster and then Leiplod would have to decide if he wants Fletcher to make the next hire. ///// As far as Todd Richards goes, he was brought in to play an up-tempo style and because of the bad contracts and lack of prospects was never given the players to achieve that style. Tippett would have brought more of the same which would have made the fans unhappy, and Laviolette is probably very thankful that he didn't get the job. Richards may have been better off being the coach after the Lemaire replacement. Yeo got that blank stare on his face a few times this year also. //// Not holding my breathe on Parise or Suter, and the FA market gets thin real quick after those two.

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trade51Apr. 8, 1210:13 PM

Let me tell you what a great job I've done for the future, to bad you won't be around to see them if you miss the playoffs again. It is simple enough you have fleeced the fans for this year.All the players feel bad and have to remember how it feels blah,blah,blah.Now run the piece where the owner says he is committed to get this thing turned around and he'll spend what ever it takes,while he continues to count the money from this year. Let's face it nobody in the league will say it on the record,but the team is a laughing stock, half the league looks at their trips here as a free 2 pts.Now that what they should be embarrassed about.

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lindy_frank123Apr. 8, 1210:15 PM

Wild Fans..."It's not going to happen overnight"...memorize that...it doesn't in this league...Chicago waited forever to be competative..forever...look at that team from 92 on...yeh...and look at the shape of the Islanders...Toronto...Columbus...it's not that bad.

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ctillhockeyApr. 8, 1211:11 PM

Agreed. It takes years to build a consistently winning franchise, and it can't be done overnight. I think Fletcher has the right plan and we will see a more competitive team for years to come. I still have modest expectations about next year, though. We may only see an immediate impact from Granlund and Bulmer, but we will have more depth to cover injury. I won't judge the GM just by this year's win/loss record but by what he's done to grow the organization.

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wildteam18kApr. 8, 1211:25 PM

Thank you Russo, well written as always. Now, please, somebody at the trib steal Reusse's keyboard next time he wants to try to discuss the state of the Wild. Scoring was just fine before the rash of injuries (2.73 gpg), then after Dec 13th in the Peg, we started asking role players to tickle the twine as top six forwards. They were a playoff team before the injuries, but had no depth to deal with the injuries nearly every team faces each season.

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bobo72Apr. 9, 1212:56 AM

Sure we be nice to add a guy like Radek Faksa in this year's draft. Kid would be centering the second or third line by '13-'14.

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firefly70Apr. 9, 12 2:18 AM

"It's not going to happen overnight," Fletcher said. "We are not instantly going to become an elite team;" and as other commenters have stated, it might takes YEARS to be a consistent winner - and that is why the Wild will not be able to sign Zach Parise. He wants to win, and play for a winning team. I just don't think he would be willing to go through at least 1-2 years of re-building; not when he could go to a team like Detroit that is always a legitimate contender for Lord Stanley's Cup.

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lindy_frank123Apr. 9, 12 2:37 AM

News flash..Detroit is getting long in the teeth and old. They're about to get a "rough patch" too. Lindstrom and the guys can't play forever. Who have they got in the wings?

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northstars91Apr. 9, 12 3:29 AM

Wish the Wild would go away from their Red Christmas tree colors. The original Green and Gold Jerseys were much cooler and easier to relate to. Also, not moving up a few places in the draft to take Zach Parise remains the biggest mistake in Wild History and trading away a core player like Brent Burns who loved being here was not a good idea.

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firefly70Apr. 9, 12 3:45 AM

Yeah, Detroit might be getting "long in the teeth," but the Wild should be so lucky as to have their problem. Let's see, this year Detroit set an NHL record for most consecutive wins at home in a single season (23); they got over 100 points for the 12th consecutive season, and 16 of the last 19 seasons; with one of those seasons (1994-95) being a strike-shortened season (still only managed to be the President's Trophy winner that season). The other two seasons they managed to get 'only' 93 and 94 points when games still ended in a tie without a shootout. The last time Detroit failed to make the playoffs was WAY BACK in 1989-90. They've been to the Stanley Cup Finals 6 times during that period, and have won it FOUR times. So Detroit has WON MORE Stanley Cups during that period than the Wild has even made it to the playoffs - a whole whopping THREE times!! And, oh yeah, Detroit has managed to do all this without the benefit of a number one overall draft pick during that time. Heck, the last time they had anything HIGHER than the 21st overall pick was back in 1991! Yet, somehow, Detroit just keeps on winning and consistently getting into the playoffs, and usually going deep in the playoffs. Yeah, I can see why players wouldn't want to play for a team like Detroit. Zach Parise would clearly be out of his mind if he chose to play for a team like Detroit instead of the powerhouse that is called the "Minnesota Wild" - that would just be silly!

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