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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.