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from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

This morning in Woodbury, former Wild coach Mike Yeo sat down with the two beat writers for more than an hour. He discussed how he found out he had been fired, where he thinks things went wrong (Ryan Johansen trade rumors, a divide in the locker room, frustration throughout the team), his system, the power play, Adam Oates (a paid skills coach of Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and others around the NHL) showing up at a Wild morning skate in January and what's next?...

“Those trade rumors hurt us. That’s the way I feel. I feel like there were some players that were probably hoping it was going to happen and there were some players upset it was even talked about. That’s my opinion. I could be wrong.”

You’re talking Johansen and Drouin? “Yeah I think so. I could be wrong. I had some conversations. If there was a trade happening, I know I had some conversations with some of the players that were mentioned in those trades. And for me, I was not lying, I didn’t want to see them go. I liked our team. Obviously if a trade comes along that’s going to make your team better, you’re going to do it. But it was a tough thing to get around.”

Does that go back to a division between young and old players? “I don’t know. Trade rumors, every team has to deal with that. These are things that shouldn’t have broke us, shouldn’t have been that much a factor. It didn’t take much for our game to slip a little bit. And when our game slipped a little bit, players started to struggle individually. That was the beginning of the end for me when players started to struggle individually.”

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