Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold fired general manager Paul Fenton on Tuesday, according to multiple reports, just over 14 months after hiring him.
According to The Athletic, the firing was not caused by one issue but rather "the lingering fallout" from various personnel decisions, as well as "internal issues" that caused "low morale throughout the hockey operations department and dressing room."
Fenton, 59, was hired as the third GM in franchise history in May of 2018, getting the gig over New Jersey Devils assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald. According to the Minnesota StarTribune, his contract was believed to run through 2021.
The Wild missed the playoffs for the first time in seven years last season, finishing 37-36-9 (83 points), but Fenton led the team into the offseason, which was highlighted by signing Mats Zuccarello to a five-year, $30 million contract less than a month ago. Minnesota opens training camp on Sept. 12.
Leipold knew Fenton from 10 years spent together in Nashville, where Leipold founded the Predators in 1998. Fenton had been in Nashville's front office since the franchise's inception, serving as director of player personnel before being promoted to assistant GM in 2006. Leipold sold the Predators in December 2007 before buying the Wild in January 2008.
Fenton remained with Nashville -- missing out on multiple GM jobs, including Minnesota's opening in 2009 -- until the Wild hired him during the 2018 offseason.
Before his time with the Predators, Fenton spent five years in the Anaheim Ducks' front office.
As a player, he totaled 183 points in 411 career games with seven different teams from 1984-92.
--Field Level Media