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Report: Wild to retain Fletcher, Yeo

Mar 9, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

Chuck Fletcher, Mike Yeo

Citing a “person with knowledge of the situation,” the Pioneer Press is reporting the Minnesota Wild will retain the services of GM Chuck Fletcher and rookie head coach Mike Yeo for the 2012-13 season.

Fletcher is in his third year with the club, having pulled off a number of big trades during his tenure. He’ll have a high draft pick this summer and the cap space to make a splash in the free-agent market, which may include Minnesota native Zach Parise.

Yeo was the early favorite for coach of the year, leading his team to a league-best 20-7-3 start before injuries and the laws of statistics took their toll.

The Wild are 9-22-7 since Dec. 10, and before beating Phoenix in a shootout last night, had been outscored 23-5 in five straight losses.

  1. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Mar 9, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    as both should be and more importantly Lorf Fletcher.

    Fletcher is turning this team around and is headed (FINALLY) in the right direction, young and talented. This team just needs two more years with bad contracts to expire from our previous GM like Backs / PMB / Parrish, and hopefully a great summer in landing Suter and maybe Seming / Parise. Things can change fast here. THN latest magazine has the Wild with 5 prospects in their top 40, never has one team had 5 in the top 50 before. This team is lucky to have Fletcher and hopefully will be our GM for the next 20 years! Along with another top pick this summer (top 5) and prospects joining next season, Granlund, Zucker, Coyle… things will change!

    In Fletcher we Trust!

    also it’s dumb to me thinking that any of this is Yeo’s fault. We currently have an old / young AHL roster in the NHL with injuries EVERYWHERE. Bad luck this year for the Wild but long term this is the best thing that could have happened. Hopefully we get Forsberg / Galchenyuk or top D prospect in Murray or Trouba

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Mar 9, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      Should really learn to spell check.

      ****Lord Fletcher**** not Lorf

  2. sknut - Mar 9, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    This was a no brainer move, smart WIld fans knew the team was 1-2 years away going into this year and what they have done adding signifcant pieces through the draft and college free agents is impressive. Yeo seems like a good coach and he led the Aeros to the finals in the AHL last year.

    I am excited about adding a top line player i.e. Parise and seeing the youngsters come up and shine. We can finally forget how Resibrough ran the organizational depth into the ground.

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