Wild promotions include Brunette to assistant GM

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The Minnesota Wild announced a ton of promotions in their front office on Thursday, including a boost for a familiar face in former forward Andrew Brunette.

Brunette¬†and Shep Harder were both promoted to assistant GM positions. Brent Flahr was bumped up from assistant GM to senior VP of hockey operations (Flahr continues to be GM of the Iowa Wild). One wonders if there might be a succession plan where Flahr eventually becomes GM as Chuck Fletcher either moves up the chain or splits, but that’s just pure speculation.

(It also assumes that the Wild wouldn’t clean house if first-round disappointments continue.)

Anyway, those names are some of the most relevant among a sea of upgrades in this release. This all seems like a solid excuse to recall Brunette’s Game 7 OT goal against Patrick Roy and the Colorado Avalanche back in 2003, a moment that still ranks among the greatest in franchise history: