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Report: Wild interview Hextall, Chiarelli for GM job

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The Minnesota Wild aren't wasting any time trying to fill their now-vacant general manager position.

In the aftermath of Paul Fenton's firing on Tuesday, Wild owner Craig Leipold and team president Matt Majka have already interviewed Ron Hextall and Peter Chiarelli for the job, sources told The Athletic's Michael Russo.

The process is in its early stages and the interviews do not mean either candidate is a front-runner, the sources added.

There's no timetable for the hiring, notes Russo.

Hextall served as GM of the Philadelphia Flyers from May 2014 until his firing in November 2018. Before joining Philadelphia, he won the Stanley Cup as assistant GM of the Los Angeles Kings in 2012. Chuck Fletcher - Fenton's predecessor with the Wild - replaced Hextall as the Flyers' general manager in December.

Chiarelli spent nearly four years as GM of the Edmonton Oilers before he was axed in January.

He won a championship in the same role with the Boston Bruins in 2011 but made a slew of controversial moves with the Oilers, including trading Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson and signing Milan Lucic to a seven-year, $42-million contract in July 2016.

Fenton was dismissed after only one season as Minnesota's GM.

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