Standard behavior isn't up to Minnesota Wild's standards

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 26, 2013 - 6:24 AM

Mike Yeo's dump-and-chase system draws criticism, but it's common for successful teams.

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cntrygntlmnFeb. 25, 13 9:05 PM

Okay, so dumping and chasing isn't the issue in of itself. Fair enough. But why is it that we are continually not implementing it correctly? Answer me that Mike Yeo. That falls 100% on you. You've had 20 games to get this 'system' working and it's clearly not. Why?

camwildFeb. 25, 13 9:42 PM

17 games, I understand you can't hit the panic button. Progress in the right direction would be nice though. Parise started off on fire and has gone cold. Koivu the same. The offense isn't generating chances like they should. If Parise and Koivu are so adept to this system then why are they so bad at it? It isn't the right system, if the Wild can't "execute" it properly. 17 games and nothing. For Koivu to say they haven't played a bad game. I think he needs to rewatch the Vancouver Canucks game. That was horrendous.

northsportsFeb. 25, 13 9:53 PM

You need the personnel to match the system. We are still cleaning house on the finesse( no contact) guys that we brought in to run TR's puck conntrol style which the fans and the owner wanted but does not work in the NHL. Notice what Russo said about the 4 semi-final teams in the west last and what Parise said also and you will find a common denominator of tough, talented power forwards. Parise plays like a tiger at 195lbs. whereas Heatley plays soft at 215lbs. Last year when Lats was healthy(our best power for

bulldog93Feb. 25, 13 9:58 PM

The Wild seem to forget the chase part of the 'dump and chase'.

northsportsFeb. 25, 1310:27 PM

Finish comment: Check out our record last year when Lats(our best power forward) was healthy and you will see that we were at the top of the NHL. The Wild needs an honest talented tough guy left wing to play with Cullen for this year and probably Granlund down the road. Granlund and Brobin both need to be playing with guys who will watch their backs or their careers may get derailed at an early age. I can not believe how many times those two have been run at and punked already this year and the Wild(or Mild) has just watched it happen. Coyle looks like he has the making of a good power forward but needs to learn how to handle himself and watch his team mates backs just like Falk and Prosser had to learn as it goes with the territory of being a big physical player. Bottom line is that Heatley should be traded as he is on the downside of his career and the Wild may as well be investing in a young player(probably Coyle) who has upside than a fill the gap player like Heater. PMB(who will not be back), Scandella(who has been passed by Brodin) and a few other possible candidates should be shopped for a good young power forward left wing and a good tough talented rt. "D" who can play top 4 minutes with Brodin and watch the kid's(future franchise player) back also. Yeo is a smart character guy and understands the championship mindset it takes to be successful in the NHL and his system is playoff proven. Mason does a good job with the goalies and Fletcher has brought value to the organization plus he is learning to trust Yeo more on personnel also. The jury is out on the rest of the staff as the team needs to get bigger and tougher without sacrificing talent to be successful. Who ever is promoting(scouts, coaches, managenent etc.) the smaller finesse(no-contact) players for the Wild needs to get their heads screwed on straight as they do not know what they are doing. The current assembly of personnel is simply too soft to be successful in the western conference and on into the Stanley Cup playoffs. The good news is that they are only a couple of tough and talented players away from changing the team dynamics and being successful and they have the cookies in the cupboard to make a trade or two also.

cntrygntlmnFeb. 25, 1310:44 PM

This is comical. If we don't have the roster for dumping and chasing, then don't do it so often. Yes, it must happen when the opposing blue line is crowded, that's the state of the game. But if Yeo is trying to fit a square peg in a round hole, it's never gonna fit. He's gotta find a way to find a compatible style with the roster he has.

caferevFeb. 25, 1310:51 PM

Boston, Chicago, and Vancouver don't play dump and chase, and they might be the best three teams in hockey this year. Here's a bet: If the Wild lose in regulation tomorrow night, Mike Yeo will be fired Wednesday morning.

caferevFeb. 25, 1310:57 PM

I wonder if they're all gonna stick to this mantra until Game 48. Do they understand we're almost to mid-season? It IS getting late, at least in a short season. And do these players and coaches think that suddenly everything's going to get rosy? THIS ISN'T WORKING! We spent $198M on offense this off-season and we're STILL dead last in scoring. What's the common denominator? The "system."

jimiekFeb. 25, 1311:22 PM

Why give away the puck when you don't have to. The European style of puck control is so much more effective and fun to watch. The best way forward sometimes means circling back...think USSR. Also, if you want this team to get better in a hurry, package up 3or 4 of these "suspects" that we call prospects and ship them to the Caps for Ovechkin. Then you will see some red lights

hauts81Feb. 25, 1311:26 PM

I really don't care what system they use. Just start scoring some goals. They have to be the least exciting, lowest scoring team going back a decade.


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