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Wild coach Yeo apologizes for accusing Sharks of embellishment

Dec 14, 2013, 2:02 PM EDT

Mike Yeo AP

Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo didn’t like the way the San Jose Sharks conducted themselves during Thursday’s contest and he didn’t shy away from venting after they handed the Wild a 3-1 defeat.

Yeo accused San Jose of embellishment and felt Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart in particular was “embarrassing.” San Jose had seven power plays to the Wild’s three and all three of the Sharks’ goals came when they had the advantage.

It looks like Yeo ultimately regretted his public remarks though.

“Mike Yeo did reach out to me yesterday and apologized for his comments,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan told CSN Bay Area. “He thought they were out of line, and not appropriate.

“In fairness to him, it can be a very emotional time after a game for a coach. I know I’ve been in that situation before. Once you say something it’s hard to take it back, but I appreciate him reaching out and clarifying that.”

McLellan was initially upset when he heard of Yeo’s comments and doesn’t think Stuart embellished. Still, he’s willing to put this incident behind him.

The Sharks and Wild will play again on Jan. 25.

  1. skr213 - Dec 14, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    So Yeo apologized – how about all you snarky PHT folks who were calling the Sharks the new Canucks? At least someone’s got the class to admit that they were wrong.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Dec 14, 2013 at 6:14 PM

      Don’t ever compare the sharks to the Canucks people, just take a deep breath and actually realise what your trying to say

  2. penvik - Dec 14, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Umm…. He’s not wrong, but somebody who pays him clearly wants to put this to rest. Sharks, Bruins both embellish

    • stickfrog - Dec 14, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      So if the Bruins are diving so much, how do you explain the fact that they are given fewer PPs than almost every other team in the league?

  3. bleedrangerblue - Dec 14, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Because the bruins are dirty period. And everytime a Montreal player hits them they need a stretcher. Facts

  4. cybernetikghost - Dec 14, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    He probably just apologized for saying them to the press but I’m sure that he still feels that way. They do embellish but every team has it, some just have more video evidence.

  5. lordfletcher - Dec 14, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    I’m not saying the sharks embellish often but that was a solid example off poor hockey sportsmanship the other night. That said, I don’t blame the sharks, do what you want…. I blame the refs, horrible refereed game. Happens what can you do. Either way, my wild need to start scoring, a common issue over the last 13 years. Sigh. Hard to win if you don’t score, pure and simple

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