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Wild will bring back Mike Yeo next season

May 11, 2013, 2:52 PM EDT

Mike Yeo AP

When the Minnesota Wild were eliminated in five games by Chicago, some fans in Minnesota wanted to see coach Mike Yeo suffer for the team’s ineffective power play. For some, struggling against the best team in the league as the eighth seed in the playoffs is inexcusable.

Despite the outcry from some in the Wild fanbase, GM Chuck Fletcher is keeping up with what worked for them this season as Michael Russo of The Star Tribune reports.

“He’s our coach, he’s our coach,” Fletcher said by phone this morning.

Fletcher tells Russo his job is to not overreact to losing a playoff series to the best team in the league. Huh, how about that.

While there are alluring coaching candidates out there in Lindy Ruff and Guy Boucher, Fletcher appears content to move ahead with Yeo and work on providing him with better players.

As it is, Yeo has a year left on his contract with the Wild. If things don’t improve next season, then change could be on the way especially with all the high-priced pieces in place for success.

  1. jgreen1516 - May 11, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    nice article Joe!

  2. homegrowntalentmn - May 11, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Why even discuss this. Yeo isn’t a bad coach! We just need to get rid of gilbert, heatley and pmb. Maybe re-sign backs. For sure sign cullen to a deal. No trades Chuck.. You gave up a 1st and 2nd in the pominviooe trade.. traded Schultz for gilbert.. and the leddy trade.. we all know that trade. The only trade he’s won is the burns trades. Only cause we got a boat loat of players and a 1st back. Another error was drafting granlund instead of bjustad. .

    • lordfletcher - May 12, 2013 at 11:28 PM


      I almost died reading your comment but taking Bjugstad over Granlund is the icing on the cake.

      Bjugs is the most overrated piece of crap I have seen in sometime. As a die hard Gopher and Wild fan your comment is beyond laughable.

      Fletcher and co. have done an amazing job with drafting and trades. Remember before with DR we have zero prospects and never made trades, and now you complain after Fletcher has completely changed the core of this team and helped bring in Suter and ZP. unreal.

  3. ashtongronholz8 - May 11, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    I agree with u on getting rid of heat let and pmb but I think we should keep Gilbert and put stoner on the chopping block. I’ve been gettin excited lately about buffalo fans being upset with miller. He’s a goalie I wouldn’t mind having and maybe 2 years from now could draw in a former teammate and gopher (vanek). A guy can dream right? Ha. And I think we for sure will get Cullen atleast one more year. I’ve spoken to his cousin whom which he told he will retire in MN. Whether its now or down the road. He’s a stud for his age and brings experience to the wild which is what we lack. Can’t wait for next year!!

    • homegrowntalentmn - May 11, 2013 at 8:34 PM

      I forgot about stoner! He was definitely the worst d man we had going down the stretch but gilbert wasn’t to far behind. The scandella debacle… where the f was he down the stretch! I blame that on the gm for calling him up sooner. man I hope dumba can make a giant leap like brodin did this year!

  4. northstarnic - May 11, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Right move keeping yeo. How about a first line center? Give the C to Suter. Please bring Cullen back! and we have stoners replacement. His name is scandella

  5. mnwildfan15 - May 11, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    It’s nice to see everyone coming around on Koivu, I’ve never thought he was anything special. The pomenville trade was horrible. Maybe we should be looking at the gm.

  6. therealjr - May 11, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Wild would have been better off folding and missing the playoffs, giving them an easy out to fire Yeo.

    This guy is in over his head.

  7. trbowman - May 11, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    “For some, struggling against the best team in the league as the eighth seed in the playoffs is inexcusable.”

    It’s inexcusable when they had no business being the eighth seed in the first place. With the talent they have on that team they should easily be a top five team in the West.

    In fact, it took beating a pathetic Avs team for them to even make the playoffs in the first place.

    • polegojim - May 11, 2013 at 11:04 PM

      That’s spot on… TR

      The point is that Cups are won in a team effort and in the trenches… by coaches who get the most from what they have, not by having a team of stellar players in all positions.

      See Mike Babcock… in an extremely ‘down’ season with many many injuries… they’ve given the Ducks everything they can handle… without spending 200 mil… sorry, had to get that in there.

      Yeo had his best players all season… almost didn’t make the playoffs, then flopped with one win.

      Maybe he shouldn’t go right away… but he should have a VERY short leash… lest the Wild become… the Canucks – so much potential, never fully realized.

      • profsudz - May 12, 2013 at 10:36 AM

        Their leading goal scorer missed the last month, and Cullen missed a couple of weeks which caused every line to be shuffled, which was when their problems began

      • polegojim - May 12, 2013 at 11:27 AM

        Prof… A couple weeks… and one month…???

        More Wild apologies. They have PLENTY of talent to make up for a couple weeks… and one month.

  8. trbowman - May 11, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Man, I’m still bothered CBJ didn’t make it. I don’t think they’d of won, but it’d of been much more interesting than the garbage effort put forth by that Wild team.

  9. pitpenguinsrulez - May 11, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Getting rid of him would be pretty stupid on Minnesotas part

  10. salsendardo - May 11, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    From the basement to a playoff team. You keep him.

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