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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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Yeo’s a strange choice. Under Therrien, my understanding is his only job was to echo everything the HC said in slightly less belligerent tones.

Therrien [to team]: You have no balls. I kill you all!
[storms off]
Yeo [to team]: He’ll cool down. He’s not really going to kill you. But he’s 100% right. You have no balls.

To my knowledge, he was a coach’s echo; nothing more. Seems to me, they should have just hired Therrien instead of the guy whose job was to repeat everything he said.

Under Bylsma, he was reassigned to special teams, which were not great. After he left (to shrugs from the organization), Bylsma gave the PK to Granato, who implemented a new strategy and it vaulted to #1 in the league.

Yeo seems to have had 1 somewhat successful ahl season as coach, but that’s a big risk, betting that he learned enough in that one season to bridge the knowledge gap between Lemaire and Richards.

Posted by steviesteve on 06/17/11 at 02:37 PM ET

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