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Continued: Wild owner Leipold likes the nerve of GM Fletcher

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 22, 2014 - 11:17 PM

Since, players such as Coyle, Mikael Granlund, Jonas Brodin, Nino Niederreiter, Erik Haula and others have started to emerge.

“I mean, what good are bringing two players like that in if you can’t surround them with good guys?” Leipold said. “When I think of all the contributions Chuck has made to this organization, the biggest is the way he has drafted and developed. That enables us to do everything else that we do.”

Outwardly, Fletcher might be conservative, but he has proved to be anything but. That’s why it won’t be shocking if Fletcher, even though he says this may be a summer where he lays off the pitch, again swings for the fence this weekend or in the first few days of free agency July 1.

“I like his style,” Leipold said. “His style fits well with our relationship. It’s important for the GM and owner to be in sync. He knows what my end game is here and that’s it. We want to bring the Cup here. That’s why we’re all driven.”

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  • Chuck Fletcher has remained bold, even with a few misses.

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    Top prospects: Sam Reinhart, C, Kootenay (WHL); Aaron Ekblad, D, Barrie (OHL); Sam Bennett, LW, Kingston (OHL)

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