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from Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press,
In explaining what his speedy, relatively small Wild team needs to beat large teams like the Anaheim Ducks (who beat Minnesota 2-1 Friday) and the Los Angeles Kings, Yeo said it's important referees don't let the bigger teams take liberties against the smaller Wild.
In the Wild's loss to Anaheim Friday, Yeo felt referees didn't call as many penalties against the Ducks as they deserved.
"We're a team that's built on speed and I think that style of hockey, that brand of hockey is very exciting for the fans," Yeo said. "I just felt in the game there were times where our speed was very frustrating for them and creating a lot of momentum for us, and there were times where they started to do things that should have warranted power plays for us.
"This is not to get into the whole debate of having tough guys and how many tough guys (do you need). I love toughness, too, but there's no question it's hard to build your team only around speed if that stuff isn't taken care of by giving us a chance to go on the power play when that happens."
The theory was that very few free agent players were actually going to meet with teams' coaches or general managers during the "wining and dining period"--which ends today--because the draft's location in Philadelphia would yield too much of a hubbub (see: players being chased down by the media as they go from hotel to hotel and meeting room to meeting room)...
But the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Michael Russo reports that the seemingly inevitable marriage between Thomas Vanek and the Minnesota Wild will get a meet-and-greet kick in the pants on Monday:
With the free-agent market set to open Tuesday at 11 a.m. [Central Daylight Time], pending free agent Thomas Vanek was scheduled to sit down with Wild coach Mike Yeo late Sunday. General Manager Chuck Fletcher was not expected to be at the meeting.
For more than a year, Vanek has seemed destined to sign with the Wild. The 30-year-old former Gophers star turned down lucrative long-term contracts last season with the Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders in order to become a free agent.
However, the Wild appears set to offer Vanek only a short-term contract, so he likely will have a tough decision to make Tuesday because it’s expected that he’ll have the chance to sign longer-term deals for more money with other teams.
But wait, there's more, especially in the, "WILD WILL SIGN EVERYBODEYZ" category:
from Mike Doyle of the Minnesota Wild website,
For Mike Yeo, the first three years as the Minnesota Wild’s head coach has been a process. In his second season, Yeo guided the team to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in five years. This season, the bench boss led Minnesota to its first playoff series win since 2003.
Yeo and the Wild will continue the process, as General Manager Chuck Fletcher announced the club has agreed to a multi-year contract extension with Head Coach Mike Yeo.
”I am very excited to continue to coach the Minnesota Wild and pursue a Stanley Cup for the State of Hockey,” said Yeo. “Our fan support has been amazing and it went to a new level during the playoffs this season. We are all motivated to reward them.”
added 5:05pm, Wild press release is below...
According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Michael Russo, the Minnesota Wild will lock up coach Mike Yeo--and the vast majority of the team's front office--in short order:
Final details were being worked out Friday night, but all signs pointed toward an agreement soon, multiple sources said. Yeo, General Manager Chuck Fletcher and other members of the front office are due to leave for owner Craig Leipold’s home in the Bahamas on Saturday for meetings.
The NHL’s youngest coach is 104-82-26 (. 552) in the regular season and coached the Wild past the first round for only the second time in franchise history this spring.
Yeo, 40, is nearing the end of a three-year contract. Fletcher said May 16 that his first offseason priority was to re-sign Yeo, then address the two-dozen others whose contracts also expire June 30.
That includes members of his front office like Andrew Brunette, the scouting staff and the medical and equipment trainers. The trainers have since been re-signed.
“I saw him this morning, and I can’t say that I have a plan right now. The first step was just to see him at the rink and I know he was here last game and I had heard how much better he was doing. And when I got a chance to talk to him this morning, you could see it. You could see it in his face, you could see the relief. You could just see he’s in a much better place right now. I think it’s great. It’s great to have him around. The next step is getting him on the ice and talk more about what the plan is. We haven’t discussed that.”
-Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo on Josh Hardking. Harding has been out since the beginning of 2014. More on Harding and the Wild from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants.
Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin took a nasty puck to the face in the Wild's 2-0 win over the Nashville Predators, absorbing Gabriel Bourque's clearing attempt with his teeth, and Pro Hockey Talk's James O'Brien posted a video of the incident from an NBC-telecast game...
Mike Yeo is on the final year of his contract and addresses that in the Q & A with Micahel Russo...
As Mike Yeo heads into his third season, the Wild coach sat down with the Star Tribune for a Q and A:
Q: Will there be any system tweaks this season?
Yeo: Our fans will really enjoy this. We’re going to be more aggressive off the rush. We want to be more of a puck possession team, so it’s as simple as asking, ‘Who gets the puck after you have it?’ We’re going to have to execute better on the wall coming out of the defensive zone, execute better on our entries, but at the same time, with that, you’ve also got to make sure that you’re not just turning into a high-risk team and turning pucks over. So if you turn a puck over at the offensive blue line and they go down and score, then that’s not helping us. That’s not making us a better team. But we want to keep the puck. We don’t want to just give it up.
from Ben Goessling of the Pioneer Press,
Though the Wild are in the midst of the worst three-month stretch in franchise history, finishing the 2011-12 season with a roster decimated by injuries, it appears their leadership structure will remain intact.
Both general manager Chuck Fletcher and coach Mike Yeo will return for the 2012-13 season, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
The third-year GM and the rookie coach oversaw the Wild’s rise to the league’s best record in December, culminating with a franchise-record seventh consecutive road win against Phoenix on Dec. 10. Injuries soon caught up with a team already challenged to score goals, however, and the Wild have gone 9-22-7 since then.
Or I guess you could call it the Early Morning Line too.
“We flat-out stink the last two months. We stink. I’m concerned about the fact that we come into games and we don’t have enough guys when we should have absolute desperation in our game.”
“We’re 28th in the league in offense and you look at the goals that they scored: They have a point shot and a deflection, they have a point shot and rebound, 5-on-3 is a point shot and a rebound. And we still want to either skate the puck into the net or pass the puck six times to get the puck into the net.
“You’d think that we would look at a team that skilled and has scored as many goals and say, ‘Wow, they score goals like that, that might be a good idea for us to try it.’ Or we might say, ‘We we don’t have that much skill, it might be a good idea for us to do that,’ yet it’s tough to get that across right now.”
-Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo after losing to Vancouver. More from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants.
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
Zidlicky is unhappy, something I learned this morning when the veteran defenseman came looking for me to offer his opinion on the fact that tonight against his former team, the Nashville Predators, he’ll be scratched for a third consecutive game.
Zidlicky was critical of coach Mike Yeo, the way he has been treated and the fact that he loves the game too much to sit idly by if the Wild keeps scratching him.
While Zidlicky didn’t say he has asked for a trade, he indicated he is willing to waive his no-trade clause if this continues.
“I can’t be quiet,” Zidlicky began during our sitdown, which you can read more details about in tomorrow’s Star Tribune. “I think three games healthy scratch, it’s more than just like a healthy scratch. [Yeo’s] put me in this position that I am in right now. It’s not easy for me….
Also from Russo,
I’ve covered the NHL since 1995. Never before have I sat in a coach’s office 45 minutes before an important game talking about a scratched player. You can bet Mike Yeo wished he could have been doing something else, but he chose this time and venue to respond to this morning’s conversation I had with scratched defenseman Marek Zidlicky. Check out that blog below or by clicking this link.
Here are Yeo’s comments. Check out the story in Wednesday’s newspaper. I’ll also be on KFAN at 9 a.m.
“One thing for sure, we’re going to talk. This is not the right way to handle it. Much the same as I wouldn’t want a player to pick up the newspaper one day and read something like, ‘Woah, I didn’t know the coach thought that.’ Like, come into talk to me if there’s a problem. There’s always more than enough communication from our side. It’s got to go both ways.”
from Chip Scoggins of the StarTribune,
The locker room door swings open and a young boy charges in, excited to meet Mike Yeo and pose for pictures with the first-year Wild coach. As they shake hands, Yeo leans down and asks a question.
“How are you in shootouts?” he says.
The boy looks alternately stunned and curious.
“We could use you,” Yeo says with a smile.
Yeo moves on to the next locker room, where he takes more pictures, signs more autographs and shares a few minutes with another youth hockey team at a recent charity event. He looks completely at ease in this environment, a rink rat at heart, his own childhood dreams of playing in the NHL still fresh in his mind.
He never made it that far as a player. Too many surgeries on too many body parts cut short his career. He took a different path instead, one that requires a clear vision of how to influence a game’s outcome from behind the bench, a resource he needs now more than ever.
from Mike Morreale of NHL.com,
NHL.com: Can Dany Heatley return to the player he was in Ottawa, when he produced back-to-back 100-point seasons as the go-to guy?
Yeo: “I’ve had a lot of dialogue with Dany and what I anticipate from him is to bounce back from his so-called down year (64 points in San Jose last season)—at least that’s what everyone keeps saying he had. From what I gather, he still found a way to put a few pucks in the net and I’m expecting him to do the same thing again this season. He’s excited about this opportunity and challenge and I think he’s motivated in terms of the so-called down year and wants to prove he still has a lot of good hockey left in him. More than anything else, he’s really excited to come here and help us take that next step as an organization. I think from management to coaches to players, there’s a lot of optimism to where we think we’re going right now. We have a direction and Dany wants to be a part of that and he wants to help lead us in that direction.”
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.
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.
from Ken Pagan of the North Bay Nugget,
Wayne Yeo had been to a private Stanley Cup party before—but it was 42 years ago, when Carl Brewer, the late Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman, hosted a cottage gathering in Keswick, Ont.
He remembers getting to celebrate with Leafs greats such as Frank Mahovlich and watching the Leafs’ 1967 Stanley Cup parade.
Thursday’s Stanley Cup celebration was a bit more special for Yeo and his wife, Barb—their son, Mike, returned to North Bay’s Memorial Gardens with Lord Stanley’s mug and about 1,500 fans joined in the celebration.