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Postby linzhihong18 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:16 am

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The 58-year-old Fenton spent the last 12 seasons as assistant GM for the Predators. He helped David Poile, the winningest general manager in NHL history, shape the roster that reached the Stanley Cup Final last year and won the Presidents’ Trophy with the best regular-season record for 2017-18. Wild owner Craig Leipold, who once owned the Predators, filled the vacancy created last month when he declined to renew Chuck Fletcher’s contract.

”Paul is uniquely suited for this job having played 10 years of professional hockey and holding 25 years of management experience in the NHL,” Leipold said in a statement distributed by the Wild. ”His gift of evaluating talent is obvious in Nashville’s roster and recent success. My relationship with Paul goes back to my early days in Nashville, and I know that Wild hockey fans are going to love Paul’s infectious passion for the game and unsurpassed work ethic. He’s the right person to deliver a Stanley Cup to the State of Hockey.”

Fenton, who will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center, becomes only the third general manager in the franchise’s 18-year history with a multiyear contract. Leipold considered Fenton for the position nine years ago before hiring Fletcher.

The Predators used 17 players they had drafted to win the Western Conference in 2016-17 for the first time in franchise history. Fenton was director of player personnel for the Predators during the expansion club’s first eight seasons <a title="Daniel Kilgore Color Rush Jersey" href="http://www.authenticsmiamidolphins.com/cheap-daniel-kilgore-jersey">Daniel Kilgore Color Rush Jersey</a> , until a promotion in 2006 to replace Ray Shero as second in command under Poile. Shero, now the general manager of the New Jersey Devils, left to become GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who won the Stanley Cup in 2009.

Fenton is a native of Springfield, Massachusetts, who played at Boston University and scored 100 goals in 411 career NHL games over eight seasons with seven teams. He scored 32 goals for the Winnipeg Jets in 1989-90 and began working in the league as a scout for the Anaheim Ducks in 1993.

Leipold, who has seen just two playoff series wins by the Wild over 10 full seasons under his control, said last month he needed a ”fresh set of eyes” on a roster anchored by center Mikko Koivu, left wing Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter.

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The organizational assets are far from bare for Fenton, with recent high draft picks Joel Eriksson Ek <a title="http://www.cowboysauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jihad-ward-jersey" href="http://www.cowboysauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jihad-ward-jersey">http://www.cowboysauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jihad-ward-jersey</a> , Luke Kunin and Jordan Greenway carrying the potential to form a franchise-leading young core and top-six forwards Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter still in their prime. The Central Division is stacked, though, so progress won’t come easy, whether immediate or in the future. The Predators and Jets had the top two records in the NHL during the regular season.

The biggest challenge Fenton inherits is the salary cap situation, with about 20 percent of the space taken by Parise and Suter, who are both 33, on deals that run six more years. Koivu will begin at age 35 a two-year, $11 million extension he signed before the 2017-18 season.

An aggressive approach to trades could be the best avenue for improvement this summer, with right wing Charlie Coyle coming off a regression season. Left wing Jason Zucker and defenseman Matt Dumba will be restricted free agents whose rights could be dealt for greater return. Center Eric Staal <a title="http://www.seahawksauthorizedshops.com/authentic-will-dissly-jersey" href="http://www.seahawksauthorizedshops.com/authentic-will-dissly-jersey">http://www.seahawksauthorizedshops.com/authentic-will-dissly-jersey</a> , the team’s leading scorer with 42 goals, has one year left on a cap-friendly contract and could fetch a significant haul.




BALTIMORE — The Seattle Mariners came into their final series of a three-city road trip having won just one of six games against the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox Now, they have a chance Thursday afternoon to complete a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.

Seattle has won the first three games of this series, the last coming on Wednesday with an 8-7 victory in 11 innings over the slumping and injury-riddled Orioles. After rallying in the ninth, the Mariners can get their first four-game sweep in Baltimore in team history.

Mike Leake (8-4, 4.11 ERA) will start for the Mariners against Jimmy Yacabonis (0-0, 15.43).

Dylan Bundy was supposed to make the start for Baltimore, but the Orioles put him on the disabled list Tuesday after he rolled his ankle while running the bases in Atlanta last weekend.

Leake has no record in just one career game against the Orioles. This season, the right-hander has won five of his last six decisions and pitched well.

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Seattle won the first game 5-3 with two runs in the seventh. The Mariners posted a 3-2 win Tuesday thanks to a pair of runs in the eighth. Then, Seattle tied Wednesday’s game on Kyle Seager’s two-run homer in the ninth and won it on a Denard Span 11th-inning sacrifice fly.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he talked with Manny Machado about the way the shortstop did not fully run out the ground ball that became a double play in Tuesday’s loss and agreed it did not look good.

“It still is a really bad presentation and he knows that,” Showalter told reporters on Wednesday. “The toughest thing about it is it’s a poor presentation of what he’s really about.”

Machado must have gotten the message because he made an alert base-running play in Wednesday’s loss, scoring all the way from first when the Mariners mishandled a throw from the outfield to the plate.

On the injury front, Seattle designated hitter Nelson Cruz did not start for a second straight day due to lower back tightness/spasms. Cruz told reporters on Wednesday that he’s hoping to be back for Thursday afternoon’s game.

Mariners manager Scott Servais also was hopeful of getting Cruz’s big bat in the lineup for the series finale.

“Nellie feels much today,” Servais told reporters before Wednesday’s game. “Still thought it would be best, talking to our medical staff, that we give him an extra day. Tough not putting him in here. I know he’s anxious to play here in Baltimore.”

The Orioles’ season-long injuries problems have continued in this series.

Side-arming right-hander Darren O’Day injured his hamstring while trying to field a bunt in Tuesday’s loss and went on the disabled list.

He initially hurt the hamstring several days ago but will be out after re-aggravating it.

Outfielder Craig Gentry also went on the 10-day disabled list with a rib fracture (retroactive to June 24). Baltimore brought up the versatile Steve Wilkerson from Norfolk to fill Gentry’s spot.

The team was not sure on when either O’Day or Gentry would return — and that’s the way it’s gone much of this season for the Orioles. They’ll also be making one or two more roster moves before Thursday’s contest.

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