By Michael Russo
As originally anticipated here on the day Tom Lynn was dismissed June 15, Ottawa Senators Director of Hockey Operations Brent Flahr has been hired as Wild GM Chuck Fletcher’s new right-hand man.
An announcement to name Flahr assistant GM is expected as early as Tuesday.
Flahr, 35, and Fletcher have been friends since their days working with the Florida Panthers in the mid-90s. I know Flahr from covering Florida as well, and he’s a sharp, smart guy and familiar with Minnesota, too. In fact, I ran into him a few times when he was scouting Minnetonka’s Jake Gardiner a few years back, and the Anaheim Ducks — the team Flahr worked for at the time – did eventually draft the now-Wisconsin defenseman in the first round.
Flahr, a former Princeton captain originally taken out of the ticket office in Florida, spent eight seasons with the Panthers, working at times as a scout, video coordinator and assistant to the GM. He spent four seasons as an amateur scout with the Anaheim Ducks, with which he worked with Fletcher, and the past two as director of hockey operations for the Ottawa Senators.
Flahr will oversee the hockey operations department, as well as scout and assist Fletcher with contract negotiations. Tommy Thompson will remain in his role as assistant GM/Player Personnel (in charge of scouting).
The Wild has also made changes to its amateur and pro scouting departments, including not renewing the contracts of Director of Player Development Barry MacKenzie and pro scout Todd Woodcroft.
There will be other roles in hockey ops changing as well.