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Mike Yeo’s “yo-yo” emotions might be hurting Wild

Feb 17, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

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The Columbus Blue Jackets currently hold the world championship belt of misery in the NHL, but the Minnesota Wild probably rank as the intercontinental champs. For those of you who aren’t fluent in silly professional wrestling analogies, I’m trying to say that the Wild are mopier than someone who got a crushed soul for Christmas right now.

If they took a step back and really assessed the situation, there’s actually some hope; they’re only six points behind the seventh and eighth seeds in the West with a game in hand.

Still, context is everything. The Wild have lost six in a row and 23 out of their last 27 games. That’s enough to produce a dark cloud over just about any team, but ESPN1500’s Judd Zulgad wonders if Mike Yeo’s extreme reactions to both good and bad times are negatively impacting the team.

Yeo worked extremely hard to get to the NHL as a head coach — serving as an NHL assistant and minor league coach — and there is no reason he can’t be successful as the Wild begins to bring in some of the young talent it has accumulated. He seems to have many positive attributes as a bench boss.

But if Yeo wants to get the most out of these players, he’s going to have to learn that his approach since mid-December probably hasn’t been the best one.

Perhaps Yeo should do a 180 and take after legendary NFL coach Bill Parcells. The polarizing leader often pumped up his teams after they suffered losses and made sure to take some air out of their tires when things were going well. Such a strategy might help Yeo and the Wild keep a more even keel.

Of course, the front office could just provide Yeo with more talent to work with, too.

  1. treydogg97 - Feb 17, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    From what I read in Russo’s columns, I may have seen that Yeo bagged the team MAYBE twice this year. Not that bagging a team makes for a good coach, but the team has had some piss poor efforts this year. Yeo strikes me as an intelligent coach; hopefully he does a good review of himself during the offseason and makes the proper adjustments.

  2. pavelfitzgerald - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    I enjoyed the Intercontinental Belt reference. Mr. Perfect was the classic Intercontinental Champion – Not quite a superstar but a damn good wrestler

  3. greatminnesotasportsmind - Feb 18, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Fletcher has done a great job of building this team for the future. Nobody predicted the Wild as a top 6 team in the West, but maybe fighting for a 8th seed to start the season. Doug Risebrough is the GM that put the Wild in this spot by letting Demtira (rest his soul), Rolston, and Gaborik walk for nothing.

    Fletcher has Granlund, Coyle, Brodin, Zucker, and others coming down the pipeline. This team is gonna be good soon. They need to get the bad contracts Risebrough signed Backstrom, Schultz, and Bouchard to off the books. With Parrish’s finally coming off the books and by the time these top prospects come here, Heatley will be off the books and the Wild will have tons of cap room.

  4. treydogg97 - Feb 18, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    From Bouchard ($4.08 mil), Cullen ($3.5 mil) and Backstrom ($6 mil) all come off the books after 2012-13. Heatley and Schultz are here for another two years.

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