Chuck Fletcher has found his assistant general manager, and it's not at all unexpected.
The Flyers on Wednesday hired Minnesota senior vice president of hockey operations Brent Flahr as their vice president and AGM. The Athletic's Michael Russo first reported the news Tuesday night.
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"Brent brings over 20 years of experience in the National Hockey League and an extraordinary amount of knowledge to our hockey club," Fletcher said in a statement released by the team. "I've known Brent for many years and his track record speaks for itself as a scout, assistant general manager and even general manager of an AHL team. His expertise of building and growing a strong foundation will be extremely valuable at all levels as we look to take the next step in our path toward winning a championship."
Flahr is expected to join the Flyers this week during their Western Canada trip.
Flahr replaces Chris Pryor, who was fired along with assistant coach Gord Murphy two days after the Flyers fired Ron Hextall on Dec. 3.
So who exactly is Flahr and what will his main duties be with the Flyers?
Flahr has worked with Fletcher in Florida, Anaheim and Minnesota and was Fletcher's right-hand man from 2009 until last May. Flahr took over as interim GM after the Wild fired Fletcher. This season, he's strictly been amateur scouting while maintaining his title of senior vice president of hockey operations, according to The Athletic.
"Brent is one of the top talent evaluators in the NHL and was an integral member of Anaheim's scouting staff on their 2007 Stanley Cup team," Fletcher told NHL.com in 2009 after hiring Flahr as his AGM in Minnesota.
The 44-year-old is expected to head the Flyers' amateur scouting department, which Pryor oversaw as director of player personnel and assistant GM.
"I'm extremely excited to join a storied franchise like the Philadelphia Flyers," Flahr said in a statement. "I'm eager to work with Chuck and the present staff, and I'm ready to do anything I can to help the Flyers win the Stanley Cup."
During his time with the Wild, Flahr was responsible for drafting Matt Dumba, Alex Tuch, Joel Eriksson Ek, Jordan Greenway, Luke Kunin, among others. That's just a short view into Flahr's background.
With Flahr on board, the Flyers' front office under Fletcher is now taking shape, which is good timing because the holiday roster freeze looming.
There have already been heavy rumors the Flyers would like to add a veteran defenseman, a goalie and a top-nine forward.
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With hiring an AGM now off his to-do list, Fletcher can fully focus on improving the NHL team. Buckle up, the new few weeks figure to be a wild ride.
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