Dec 11, 2012, 2:13 PM EDT
On Monday, Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo dropped in on a Timberwolves practice to pick the brain of head coach Rick Adelman.
Why? He wanted to learn more about running a shortened training camp — and there’s no better person to ask than Adleman, a veteran of two NBA lockouts.
Here’s more, from the Minnesota Star-Tribune:
[Yeo] chatted with Rick Adelman for about 20 minutes after practice, picking his brain on, among other topics, how to plan and prepare a team to play a condensed, lockout-shortened season.
Adelman has done it twice, most recently with last season’s 66-game sked.
Yeo will get his chance, if the NHL and its players pull their heads out and reach a new labor deal before it gets too late.
Yeo called Adelman’s advice “helpful and insightful.”
“The chance to speak to a person like that with experience and his success, it’s great for a coach like me,” Yeo said.
Last season, NBA training camps opened on Dec. 9 and the regular season started on Dec. 25.
As for the preseason, teams played two exhibition games — between Dec. 16-22 — giving coaches and players roughly two weeks to prepare for the regular season.
As mentioned above, Adleman’s gone through this twice. He was coaching the Sacramento Kings during the 1998-99 NBA season, which was limited to 50 contests (and a similarly condensed exhibition campaign.)
It’ll be interesting to see if other NHL coaches follow Yeo’s lead, because few have experience with the shortened season.
Just one active bench boss was a head coach in 1994-95 (LA’s Darryl Sutter was in Chicago) — meanwhile, the likes of Adam Oates, Dan Bylsma and Kevin Dineen were still playing during that time.
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Yashin and Bure are among the players that will compete against Los Angeles.
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“I was told there’s a definite opportunity.”
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Former Anaheim forward posted a career high in points last year.
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He’s appeared in over 150 NHL games with Chicago, Dallas and Minnesota.
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Appeared in 83 games for Calgary over the last three seasons.
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They’ll be dancing close to the upper limit all year.
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He last played in 2001 with the Edmonton Oilers.
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He’s played four full seasons there already.
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He has a few guys that can help make it happen there.
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He was their final restricted free agent.
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He emerged as the team’s No. 2 center last season.
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That adds another layer to the Flames’ goaltending competition.
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He has played in 132 NHL games.
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It led to him having a minor procedure.
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He’ll enter training camp with a shot of making the team.
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“I can be a lot better.”
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