Wild GM Paul Fenton fired after one season

Updated: July 30, 2019 10:44 PM

Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold fired general manager Paul Fenton in a phone call Tuesday morning after just one season on the job.


KSTP Sports confirmed the firing with a source who has close knowledge of the situation.

Fenton was hired in May 2018 to succeed Chuck Fletcher.

Click the video box below to see Wild owner Craig Leipold's full press conference from Tuesday discussing the firing of general manager Paul Fenton

   "After giving much thought to this difficult decision, I informed Paul today that he was not the right fit for our organization going forward," said owne Craig Leipold in a statement. "I believe we have a good hockey team, a team that will compete for a playoff spot this year, and I look forward to hiring a General Manager that will help us win a Stanley Cup. I would like to thank Paul for his time with the Wild and wish him and his family the best in the future."

Leipold will meet with reporters at 3 p.m.

The search for a new general manager will begin immediately. Until a replacement is found, assistant general manager Tom Kurvers will serve as acting general manager.  

A source told KSTP's Darren Wolfson there was a sense within the organization Fenton's firing has been on the verge of happening since last season concluded.

Fenton's first season saw the Wild miss the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons with a 37-36-9 record that placed them last in the Central Division.

He made late-season trades last year involving Nino Neiderreiter, Charlie Coyle and Mikael Granlund - longtime members of the Wild's core.  Two players acquired in return - Victor Rask, Kevin Fiala - have struggled to make a splash with the Wild.  Ryan Donato, acquired for Coyle, has played well.

After the last-place finsh, Fenton's only major offseason move has been acquiring 31-year-old forward Mats Zuccarello on a 5-year $30-millon deal.

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