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Wild, coach Yeo agree on multi-year contract extension

May 31, 2014, 5:22 PM EDT

It’s official now.

The Minnesota Wild have agreed to a multi-year contract extension with head coach Mike Yeo, the club announced Saturday. The news comes after reports the two sides were closing in on a new deal.

With Yeo behind the bench, the Wild qualified for the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs in what was their first trip to the post-season since 2008 when they took the former Northwest Division. This year, they advanced to the second round of the playoffs, defeating the Colorado Avalanche in seven games and then taking the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks to six games.

”I am very excited to continue to coach the Minnesota Wild and pursue a Stanley Cup for the State of Hockey,” said Yeo in a statement released by the club.

“Our fan support has been amazing and it went to a new level during the playoffs this season. We are all motivated to reward them.”

Added general manager Chuck Fletcher: “Mike has done a very good job the last three seasons as our Head Coach and we look forward to his leadership going forward.”

The Wild finished the 2013-14 regular season with a 43-27-12 record, good enough for 98 points and fourth in the highly competitive Central Division. Mixed in there along the way was a six-game losing streak through the end of December and into early January.

But even then, players were quick to defend their coach, and that included captain Mikko Koivu. He put the onus for their mid-season struggles squarely on the players rather than the team’s system or its coach.

  1. getadealdonealready - May 31, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Congrats Mike, well deserved!

  2. 950003cups - May 31, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    That’s one that’ll bite them in the rear very soon.

    • clarke16 - May 31, 2014 at 7:06 PM

      Hey–dumb dumb back. Just in time for egg roll special. Maybe more rice this time make you smarter? Get dumb dumb two order egg roll with big bowl rice. He need lots brain food.

      • 950003cups - May 31, 2014 at 7:26 PM

        Did you watch your mom get gang raped? Is that what’s wrong with you?

  3. credible316 - May 31, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    I’ll admit, during the regular season I wanted him gone. Then Trotz became available and I thought this team needed a veteran coach to balance the veterans and youth on this team.

    Then the playoffs came and wow…this dude turned it to 11. After game 5 in Colorado, I thought this team was toast. Instead of blasting the refs he got his boys ready for games 6 and 7. We put up a great effort against Chicago and I am exited for the future of this club.

    With the magician supplying the talent and Yeo on the bench, future is looking bright.

    Congrats Coach, you’ve earned it.

    GO WILD!!

    • clarke16 - May 31, 2014 at 7:10 PM

      It’s been obvious throughout the season that the guy get’s it… It’s the difficult stretches where the best coaches prove their mettle. Right when most of the fan base was calling for his head–he was busy proving to the rest of us why he should stay… His job was never in jeopardy. Fletcher isn’t stupid.

  4. killerpgh - May 31, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Good for him. I met Yeo a couple of times while he was in Pittsburgh. Even coached against him a few times while he was coaching his sons youths teams. Always seemed like a good guy. He took a lot of flack while in Pgh as an assistant coach to Michel Therrien and than Blysma when he was in charge of the special teams. Glad to see him succeed as a head coach.

  5. luvmnsports2012 - May 31, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Yeo is a great coach who made it through a lot this passed year and got his team to the second round. Good for him and the Wild! Congrats Yeo!! GO WILD !!!

  6. hardkor07mn - May 31, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    I think it’s a great move by the Wild. You can’t have the merry go round of coaches and expect to succeed. To many systems in a short amount of time is hard to keep straight. Coach Yeo did a great job of rallying the troops this year and deserves a chance to prove he can win. Find us a goalie that can stay healthy and we would never be having this conversation.
    Congrats coach!

  7. imgoingtowichita - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Leave Vanek alone Chuck or you’ll be firing the guy you just extended (or packing up your own office).

    • lordfletcher - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      Fletcher is going no where.

      He and Johnson and Johnson are responsible for the Wild being a Stanley cup contending team for years to come.

      I don’t want Vanek but if you bring Vanek in, he alone won’t be the reason for anyone being fired.

      Back to topic. Great news!

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