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Sharks/Wild Trade

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Blockbuster: SJS trades Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle and 1st pick (No. 28) to MIN for Brent Burns and a 2nd rd pick.

added 10:43pm,

SAN JOSE –  San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Brent Burns and a second round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle and a first round selection (28th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Burns, 26, was named to the Western Conference All-Star team in 2010-11, appearing in 80 games and posting 46 points (17-29=46), which tied for 14th most amongst all NHL defensemen.  Also amongst League defensemen, his 17 goals ranked third and his 8 power play goals were tied for third. He set career highs in points, goals, assists, penalty minutes (98) and shots (170) in 2010-11. Playing in every situation, he averaged 2:42 seconds of penalty kill time per game to go along with his 3:03 seconds of power play time per game.

The seven-year NHL veteran, all of which have come with Minnesota, has posted 183 career points (55-128=183) in 453 games played.  He has appeared in 11 Stanley Cup Playoff games, posting three points (0-3=3).

“Brent is an elite first-pairing defenseman that is just coming into his prime,” stated Wilson.  “We feel that he gives our blueline tremendous depth and versatility and will augment our existing core.  He combines a dangerous offensive prowess with an abrasive presence in the defensive zone.”


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  Tags: brent+burns, devin+setoguchi

Minnesota Names Mike Yeo as Head Coach

SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today named Mike Yeo (pronounced YO) as the team’s new Head Coach. He has a proven track record as a coach in the American Hockey League (AHL) and the National Hockey League (NHL) advancing to the finals five times in his 11-year coaching career.

“Mike possesses a great passion for coaching and is a strong communicator,” said Fletcher. “He has been a winner at every level throughout his extensive coaching career.”

Yeo, 37 (7/31/73), helped lead the Wild’s primary affiliate, the Houston Aeros, to a 46-28-1-5 record and the Calder Cup Final in his first season as a Head Coach in 2010-11. The Aeros led the Western Conference and ranked third in the AHL with 46 regular season wins. Houston did not qualify for the playoffs in 2010. He becomes the youngest coach in the NHL and the third Head Coach in Wild history.

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Is Yeo The Best Choice For The Wild?

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

I’ve got to admit, Chuck Fletcher’s got more guts than me.

If it were me, after passing over Dave Tippett and Peter Laviolette the first time around for the less been-there, done-that Todd Richards, I don’t know if I would have had the guts to go young again with Ken Hitchcock and Craig MacTavish dangling out there.
And that’s no slight against Mike Yeo.

After spending more time this season paying attention to the minor-league team than I’ve ever done in my career, I think the 37-year-old Yeo is a very capable and very impressive coach. I just have to believe that not only will Fletcher have to sell the fans this was the right choice at Friday’s news conference, he also had to hard-sell the owner today that this was the right choice.

So that alone puts an awful lot of pressure on Fletcher, who’s got two more years left on his contract.

He stuck his foot out over the ledge. Will he be able to keep his balance? Time will tell.


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Report- Mike Yeo New Coach Of Wild

via Michael Russo tweet,

#mnwild to announce Mike Yeo as 3rd coach in team history Friday, per sources

The Wild have a press conference for noon ET tomorrow to introduce the new coach.

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Coaching Rumors From Dallas and Minnesota

via NHL.com:

A report in ESPNDallas.com cites a source as saying the Dallas Stars will hire Glen Gulutzan as its next coach.

Gulutzan, 39, has spent the last two seasons as coach of the Texas Stars, Dallas’ American Hockey League affiliate. The team made the playoffs both seasons, including a trip to the Calder Cup finals in 2009-10.

If hired, Gulutzan would replace Marc Crawford, who was fired following the end of this past season after two years behind the bench.

via NHL.com:

The Minneapolis Star Tribune is reporting the Minnesota Wild soon could hire Craig MacTavish as its next coach.

According to the newspaper report, MacTavish has had two interviews with General Manager Chuck Fletcher and has toured the Xcel Energy Center and the team’s locker-room facilities.


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  Tags: craig+mactavish, glen+gulutzan

Plenty of Coaches Worthy of Consideration

From Adam Kimelman at NHL.com

While most of the attention of the hockey world is focused on the conference finals, five teams—the New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators, Minnesota Wild, Florida Panthers and Dallas Stars—have their view in other places.

Those are the only teams with coaching vacancies, and as the summer nears, those five teams are zeroing in on potential candidates.  Big names and coaches working their way up the professional ladder all have been tossed into the rumor mill. Here are a few of the candidates whose names you might be hearing more of in the not-too-distant future.


Marc Crawford—He won the Stanley Cup in 1996, his second season with the Avalanche, and then guided the Canucks to the playoffs four times in seven seasons. His two seasons in Los Angeles and Dallas weren’t as successful, but a team could take a chance on him.

continued with more veterans available, some assistant coaches ready to take the reins of a team, and some other possibles you might not have thought of.

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Report: Boogaard’s Cause of Death

From Michael Russo of the Star Tribune, via Twitter:

Derek Boogaard’s manner of death is accidental mixture of alcohol and oxycodone toxicity - per Hennepin Cty ME

Note: Drugs.com notes that the mix of alcohol and oxycodone is a primary concern.  “Do not drink alcohol while you are taking oxycodone. Dangerous side effects or death can occur when alcohol is combined with a narcotic pain medicine.” 

Update 1:38pm ET: The Associated Press (via TSN) is reporting the same news as above.

Update 2:00pm ET: Michael Russo’s blog post is up here.

Update 2:12pm ET:  More from Russo—

Just spoke with the Boogaards. A family press release will be issued soon, as well as input from the #NHLPA

Update 5:02pm ET: via Russo, the statement from the Boogaard family:

“Earlier today, we received the results of Derek’s toxicology report at the time of his accidental death. After repeated courageous attempts at rehabilitation and with the full support of the New York Rangers, the NHLPA, and the NHL, Derek had been showing tremendous improvement but was ultimately unable to beat this opponent. While he played and lived with pain for many years, his passion for the game, his teammates, and his community work was unstoppable.

Our family would like to like to thank the New York Rangers, the Minnesota Wild, the National Hockey League Players’ Association, and the National Hockey League for supporting Derek’s continued efforts in his battle.”

read the entire statement here

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Searching For A Coach In Minnesota

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

General Manager Chuck Fletcher’s methodical search for the third coach in Wild history doesn’t appear close to a conclusion, but the list of legitimate candidates is beginning to take shape.

Coming off his stint as coach of Team Canada at the world championships, Ken Hitchcock has joined two other veteran coaches as a candidate. The Wild, according to sources, has received permission from the Columbus Blue Jackets to interview Hitchcock, a veteran of 15 seasons as an NHL head coach.

Sources say Fletcher also has interviewed former Montreal and Pittsburgh coach Michel Therrien, who joins former Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish, who was interviewed in late April.

Fletcher declined to comment on the search.


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Larry Brooks Reports on Boogaard

From Larry Brooks of the NY Post, on Twitter:

Post has learned that Derek Boogaard was receiving counseling through NHL/NHLPA Behavorial Health/Substance Abuse Program at time of death.

Moments later, he followed it up with:

Story that will appear in Sunday’s editions will be posted on NYPost.com….No inferences should be drawn as to cause of death.


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  Tags: derek+boogaard

A Different Look At The Late Derek Boogaard

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

I don’t know where I’m going to go with this blog to be honest. In fact, my cursor has been flickering in this spot for about three hours, it’s 3 a.m. and I’m still sickened.

Even as I start typing now, my eyes are watering. So maybe that’s my answer.

I’m supposed to be a professional, but I’m also human. In my role, you cover players professionally, but you get to know them personally.

Like many of you, I was floored and saddened by tonight’s tragic news. But I’ve thought about this a lot the last few hours, and I want to do my best to not make this a tear jerker.

I want to give you a different perspective to Derek Boogaard from someone who covered him.


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  Tags: derek+boogaard

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