Since the Nashville Predators joined the NHL in 1998, Paul Fenton had been part of their front office, first as a director of player personnel and then as assistant general manager. He became one of the most respected executives in the league. Through the years, he interviewed with a number of teams for general manager vacancies while taking his name out of consideration for dozens more.
The right fit never arrived until an old friend came calling.
On Monday, Fenton, 58, was named the general manager of the Minnesota Wild, who are owned by Craig Leipold, the Predators’ founding owner. Fenton replaces Chuck Fletcher, whose contract wasn’t renewed after close to nine years as general manager.
From a postseason qualification perspective, the Wild have been one of the NHL’s most successful teams in recent years, making the playoffs in six consecutive seasons. But three straight first-round exits under Fletcher and head coach Bruce Boudreau meant it was time for a change at the top. Boudreau remains head coach, having signed a four-year contract in May 2016.
In our new practice facility, we have a motto. It’s the first thing you see when you walk in the door: ‘Good is not good enough.’ I went through the practice facility about two weeks ago, and I felt that was a signal for me, Leipold said when announcing Fletcher’s departure.
It was not Doncic’s finest performance of the season in a stagnant, physical and at times ugly affair, but he played an instrumental role regardless over the weekend, as evidenced by being named the youngest-ever Final Four MVP following the game.
When asked by ESPN following Sunday’s victory what his next move is, Doncic said: I will tell about all at the right time. Right now I just want to celebrate with my team. Soon I will Russell Bodine Jersey tell.
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Doncic played the entire fourth quarter until fouling out with 39 seconds left, again playing more minutes than anyone on Real Madrid. He was asked to handle the ball and play point guard for virtually every moment he was on the floor.
Elite Kids Demarcus Walker Jersey He struggled at times with the size and athleticism of Fenerbahce, the best defensive team in the Euroleague, but also showed remarkable poise and confidence in a nervous and often sloppy game that was played almost strictly in the half court. Doncic’s size, strength, ballhandling and knack for drawing fouls proved invaluable, and his team almost collapsed in the final minute after he was disqualified.