The Minnesota Wild have reorganized their front office, announcing several promotions and a few interesting hires. Chris O’Hearn, who previously worked as the team’s director of hockey operations, has been promoted to assistant general manager. Michael Murray, who previously served as an assistant to the general manager, will now be the team’s director of hockey operations and the general manager of the Iowa Wild. Mat Sells has been promoted to vice president of hockey, while J.P. Perpich and Matt Carle have joined as amateur scouts, the latter in a part-time role.
O’Hearn, 39, served with the Arizona Coyotes for more than a decade before coming to Minnesota, and for three years held the same AGM role there that he now has with the Wild. The young executive comes from a hockey family, as his father Mike O’Hearn was an AGM with the Winnipeg Jets in the mid-nineties. With the Wild, O’Hearn will be responsible for player contract research and negotiations, scheduling, salary arbitration and salary cap management.
Murray, 41, joined the Wild less than a year ago as a special assistant to GM Bill Guerin, but will now take over the day-to-day hockey operations, assist in contract negotiations, player development, and scouting. That’s in addition to taking over as GM of Iowa, but that shouldn’t be a problem given his familiarity with the AHL. Murray spent nearly a decade as the minor league’s vice president of hockey operations and before that had experience in the league office of the ECHL.
The addition that may draw the most attention though is Carle, who suited up more than 800 times in the NHL over a long career. It ended in 2017, but it appears as though he’s ready to get back into the NHL, at least part-time. A Hobey Baker award winner, two-time NCAA champion, and World Junior gold medalist, he should certainly have a handle on what it takes to make the transition from the college ranks to the NHL.