Coyotes fire GM Mike Barnett, Cliff Fletcher, Laurence Gilman

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The Hockey News

The Hockey News

Sources told The Canadian Press that the NHL club has fired GM Mike Barnett, assistant GM Laurence Gilman and Cliff Fletcher, senior executive vice-president of hockey operations. The Coyotes scheduled a 6 p.m. ET news conference to announce the moves. Head coach and part-owner Wayne Gretzky remains on board.

The Coyotes finished last in the Western Conference this season at 31-46-5, missing the playoffs for the fourth straight season.

Barnett became Coyotes GM in August 2001, leaving the player agency business. He was Gretzky's longtime agent.

Fletcher joined the Coyotes in February 2001. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004, Fletcher was GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1991 to 1997 following 19 years as GM with the Calgary Flames.



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