Shock waves were sent through the hockey world on Tuesday afternoon when the Minnesota Wild shockingly fired GM Paul Fenton. Fenton, long the right-hand man to David Poile in Nashville, lasted only a year in Minnesota. Aside from that shocking news, there was hockey to be played on Tuesday in Michigan. The World Junior Summer Showcase is currently taking place in Plymouth, and a pair of Bruins are showing quite well at the event. More on that momentarily. Here are the top stories for Wednesday, July 31st.
The Minnesota Wild pulled the plug on Paul Fenton just over 14 months after hiring the former Nashville Assistant GM. Fenton’s time with the Wild was filled with questionable trades, odd free agent signings and internal issues. The move shocked the hockey world, as just 44 days separate us from training camp. (Hockey Wilderness)
The Wild plan to move quick to secure Fenton’s replacement. The team is hoping to speak to former Flyers GM Ron Hextall, among other experienced candidates, for the job. (The Score)
Patrick Maroon lived a fairy tale in 2018-19. The St. Louis native joined his hometown team, scored a massive goal in their playoff run and won the Stanley Cup. His one season in St. Louis will remain just that, however. Maroon won’t be back with the Blues. (Bleedin’ Blue)
Back on the ice, the World Junior Summer Showcase is currently taking place in Michigan. Two Boston Bruins prospects, John Beecher and Curtis Hall, have shined thus far for Team USA. Both made it through cuts and will have as many as four more games to prove they belong with Team USA come December’s World Junior Tournament. (Boston Hockey Now)
Big news in Calgary, city council has approved a new arena deal for the Flames. (Sportsnet)