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Yeo will have Wild more aggressive, hates ‘dump-and-chase’ label

Sep 8, 2013, 11:25 AM EDT

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Many fans hold the belief that the Minnesota Wild are still the stodgy, boring dump-and-chase team Jacques Lemaire once coached.

Current Wild coach Mike Yeo is getting pretty tired of that label as he tells Michael Russo of The Star Tribune.

“I hate that people think that we’re a dump-and-chase team,” Yeo says. “It’s completely false. I count it as a turnover. If we dump the puck in and the goalie touches the puck, that’s a turnover for me.”

What does he see the Wild as instead? An aggressive and exciting one and one that’s going to force teams to turn the puck over to them. More from Russo:

“Our fans will really enjoy this. We’re going to be more aggressive off the rush. We want to be more of a puck possession team, so it’s as simple as asking, ‘Who gets the puck after you have it?’”

Possessing the puck with guys like Ryan Suter, Jonas Brodin, Zach Parise, and Mikko Koivu makes accomplishing that a lot easier. For Yeo, it might be easier to make that happen than it is to shake off the memories (nightmares?) of how ugly hockey used to look in St. Paul.

  1. pxland - Sep 8, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Oh no. Will we lose the irony of them being called the “Wild”?

  2. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 8, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Spammers are getting ridiculous on here lately. Is PHT doing anything about this?

    The season starts soon. It would be nice to know if this is the place to spend time reading hockey news or the place to get “tips” on how to turn my PC into a mule for spyware.

  3. 950003cups - Sep 8, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    They’re not spammers. It’s Craig Leipold. Trying to make back some of that $200,000,000 he blew when he was drinking heavy at a 4th of July party in 2012.

    • gooterbaby - Sep 9, 2013 at 4:21 AM

      Still bitter about that? 98 mil + 98 mil = 200 mil. BRILLIANT!!

  4. earpaniac - Sep 9, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Okay, the Liepold crack was kinda funny.

    • lordfletcher - Sep 9, 2013 at 6:09 PM

      it could be funny if he used another word than “blew” … tough to say blew when one of those players should have won the Norris and is looking like a Norris candidate for the next 7 years and the other scores goals (which this team has struggled to do) and it doesn’t hurt that he was born in MN. The merchandise sales, season ticket holders and the X once again being sold out proves that this was as good of a business deal for Craig as it was for winning hockey games…

      Oh and the Wild made the playoffs… so, no … it wasn’t THAT funny when you stop and think about it. Could have been if worded properly. That was the best 4th of my life!

      Go Wild!

  5. vstar1us - Sep 9, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Avid Wild Fan, but the article is right the Wild dump and run way to much! Watch great teams like the Hawks, Redwings and the Bruins they seem to control the puck and have some offense. If the Wild were a Can of Soup it would say what is inside is “Dump&Run”

    I hope the get it together and play Team Hockey. I would also put the “C” on the chest of #11

    • lordfletcher - Sep 9, 2013 at 7:21 PM

      can’t take the C from Koivu till he is no longer on the team

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