The Wild are looking for a new general manager again.
The team announced Tuesday that GM Paul Fenton has been fired after only one disappointing season with the team. He was relieved by owner Craig Leipold, who said Fenton was not “the right fit” for the Wild.
“After giving much thought to this difficult decision, I informed Paul today that he was not the right fit for our organization going forward,” Leipold said 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.”
The team added that its search for a new GM will begin immediately. In the meantime, assistant general manager Tom Kurvers will serve as interim GM.
Fenton was hired away from the Predators last summer to try and push the Wild further into the playoffs. While Minnesota had made the postseason the previous six seasons, they were able to make it to the second round only twice.
However, the Wild’s 2018-19 season was disappointing, with the team failing to make the playoffs at all and finishing the regular season with a 37-36-9 record.
Fenton replaced Chuck Fletcher, only the second GM in team history, after he left to become the executive vice president and general manager of the Flyers.
Leipold headed the search for a new GM after Fletcher left and interviewed several younger candidates before deciding on Fenton, 59, because of their familiarity. Leipold owned the Predators from 1998-2007, during which time Fenton was an assistant to Nashville GM David Poile for 12 seasons.
On top of failing to make the posteason, Fenton made several trades during the season that backfired, including dealing Nino Niederreiter, Charlie Coyle and Mikael Granlund in different deals.