Wild Fire GM Fenton

by | Jul 30, 2019 | News, NHL, Rumors | 5 comments

The Minnesota Wild today fired Paul Fenton after just one year as their general manager. Assistant GM Tom Kurvers takes over on an interim basis until a full-time replacement is found. 

Minnesota Wild relieve Paul Fenton of his duties as general manager (Photo via NHL.com).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: On the one hand, Wild owner Craig Leipold believed the club wasn’t heading in the right direction under Fenton and made a change now rather than drag things out another season. In breaking this news, The Athletic’s Michael Russo reported sources claiming there were accounts of unhappy employees and other turbulent incidents behind the scenes during Fenton’s tenure. Combine that with the inconsistent results from his roster moves, and it’s little wonder Leipold opted for a change. 

On the other hand, Leipold should’ve made that decision at season’s end rather than let Fenton control their decisions at the 2019 Draft and during free agency.  

Fenton joined the Wild as GM last year to great fanfare. He’d worked for years as assistant GM with the Nashville Predators and had a hand in building that club into a Stanley Cup contender. He was expected to change the Wild’s culture and help them shake the tag of playoff underachievers.

He was very active in the trade market last season, trading away core players Mikael Granlund, Charlie Coyle, and Nino Niederreiter for Kevin Fiala, Ryan Donato, and Victor Rask. He also tried and failed twice to trade winger Jason Zucker, the most recent being the attempt to ship him to Pittsburgh for Phil Kessel. His efforts, however, failed to improve the Wild, who missed the playoffs for the first time since 2012.

Fenton’s replacement will have some important decisions to make. Veteran defenseman Jared Spurgeon is a year away from UFA eligibility. Russo reported this weekend veteran winger Zach Parise is concerned over the state of the club and Fenton looked into trying to trade him. The new GM could also insist upon bringing in his own people in the front office and behind the bench. 







5 Comments

  1. You could say Fenton gave up the best player in all 3 deals which is not a good sign. Zuc is a solid depth guy but this is a team of solid depth guys……………………..

  2. Didn’t expect Lyle to start a new thread on Fenton, so I’ll repeat what I just posted in the Rumors thread:

    Boy, if there was a “do nothing” team since the season ended it has to be the Wild. The owner may think he has the makings of a playoff team, but at first glance, every team ahead of them in the Central; have made more roster improvements since season’s end. They were as close to deal last in the Conference than they were to a playoff spot and, although their D was their strong point, they were one of the lowest scoring teams out west

    All Fenton managed was to deal Coyle for Donato and Niederreiter for Rask along with signing UFA Zuccarello to a 5-year $6 mil per cap hit along with a clutch of depth additions. That isn’t going to improve their chances.

  3. take out how well Dubnyk has been for them, and they are not a playoff team. Parise has not been a good addition, and to be honest, should be traded rather than accommodated.

  4. Its about damn time….. Fenton traded Charlie Coyle who was good in Boston, he traded Niederiter to Carolina he was awesome and he tried like hell to trade Jason Zucker…don’t get it….

  5. why do I have suspect an old philly goalie to take this job. I think he’d be very good. ron, please send resume