Minnesota Wild make surprising late-summer decision to fire GM Paul Fenton

MINNEAPOLIS—A person with direct knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press the Minnesota Wild have fired general manager Paul Fenton after just one season.

The person spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the team had yet to make the formal announcement. The Athletic first reported the news.

Fenton’s lone year on the job included the end of the team’s six-year streak of making the playoffs and a disassembly of the team’s core of forwards by trading Charlie Coyle, Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter prior to the deadline. Coyle and Niederreiter had productive debuts with Boston and Carolina, respectively.

Fenton was hired from Nashville, where he was the longtime lieutenant under general manager David Poile.

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