Scoggins: Yeo deserves some blame for Wild's failures, but only some

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 10, 2013 - 11:47 PM

The coach did not have nearly as talented a team as advertised.

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chooseanameMay. 10, 13 9:17 PM

I really hope that you are wrong about keeping Yeo. I don't think I can stomach another one of his 2nd half nosedives. It not just that he does not know how to avoid a slump, its that he does not know how to put together lines that complement each other.

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cntrygntlmnMay. 10, 13 9:42 PM

Yes, it is exactly Yeo's fault that Clutterbuck and Brodziak played so poorly this year. It is his fault that he couldn't come up with a strategy to get Koviu or Parise going in the playoffs (PP anyone?). This is what coaches are paid to do. They motivate, inspire. Yeo has done neither in two seasons. You wrote some nights Yeo was so tightly wound you wondered something or another. I NEVER saw that. Yeo always looked out of it, maybe a little puzzled as to how he was behind an NHL bench coaching.

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dlzabzMay. 10, 13 9:44 PM

It's not Yeo's fault someone signed Kooks to a 6.8mil a year contract. If Yeo goes Fletcher needs to go to since he hired Yeo.

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kerchiefMay. 10, 13 9:50 PM

If Fletcher wants to keep him that's fine and if the team falls apart the second their 2nd line center goes down again Fletcher can get the boot along with Yeo. I've seen enough of the system that apparently 80% of the league plays, just not the way the Wild play it I guess. 3 guys below the goal line and no look passes into the slot where no-one happens to be. Battle for 20 seconds behind the net, lose the puck, get it back, bring back behind the net and start all over. It's sad. Some coaches get junk to work with and no excuses, while others get everything handed to them and every excuse in the world. Perception is reality I guess and the media tells me Yeo's a genius.

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rednusMay. 10, 1310:25 PM

I just don't buy the notion that with every coaching change there is this huge adjustment period. St. Louis has been a very good team since they made the switch to Hitchcock. He turned them around with the same players in the same year. It can be done with the right coach. As someone mentioned earlier, this system is good for one thing...putting the puck BEHIND the net.

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dman3576May. 10, 1310:38 PM

Yeo needs to go plain and simple. Two second half nosedives that followed a 7 game win streak and last year we were the best team in the NHL on Dec 15 and missed the playoffs which is a sports record. He continually fails to get his team to rise to the occasion (see Edmonton and Calgary games in final week). He also continually changes the lineup on a daily basis. How does that build chemistry? It doesn't. I can't stomach another game of dumping it into the offensive zone and going for a line change. No wonder we lead the league in fewest goals scored and other team seems to have possession 90% of the game. I though Yeo said he was going to bring an exciting, explosive brand of hockey here? I have seen the exact opposite.

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phatflyguyMay. 10, 1310:58 PM

The second half nosedives are ridiculous, the Wild could still be playing if they had clinched a higher seed. Playing Chicago as the number 8 seed is a failure. Mike Yeo should go, they have an opportunity to hire an experienced NHL coach. Fans would surely be happier if the Wild employed a coach that wasn't dazed and confused.

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abemntocalMay. 11, 13 1:43 AM

Someone above, and you hear the name all the time from the anti-Yeo folks, mentioned how great Ken Hitchcock is as a coach. Yes he's so great that his team played one more whole game this year than the Wild did. Wow what a great coach. I think it's fair that Yeo gets one more year to see what he can do and Fletcher needs to add more pieces as well.

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firefly70May. 11, 13 2:22 AM

"..mentioned how great Ken Hitchcock is as a coach. Yes he's so great that his team played one more whole game this year than the Wild did. Wow what a great coach.":___ First, the person above did not mention Hitchcock is a great coach. They simply pointed out there does NOT necessarily have to be a big adjustment period with every coaching change, and pointed to the Blues improvement as an example. Another example would be when Jacques Lemaire took over behind the bench for the New Jersey Devils in 2010-11. The team was in last place in their division (maybe even in the Eastern Conference) with a putrid 9-22-2 record. Jacques came back from retirement and almost led them to a playoff spot as they went 29-17-3. Or how about the much-maligned Todd Richards with the Blue Jackets? In 2011-12 Columbus was 13 (THIRTEEN!!) games under .500 at the halfway point. Richards took over and got the team to play close to .500 with a 18-21-2 record. And this season, he got the team within a tie-breaker of almost getting into the playoffs.

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firefly70May. 11, 13 2:55 AM

Also, regarding Hitchcock, let's see... his overall regular season record is close to .600 (.596). What's Yeo's so far? Barely above .500 (.523) at a whole whopping 6 games over .500 so far? In Hitchcock's first full year as head coach, he took a Dallas team that finished last in their division the previous year, and led them to 1st place - the first of 5 consecutive 1st place finishes. And last season he took over a St. Louis team that was under .500 and got them to play .700 for the rest of the season. And for that effort, he won the Jack Adams Award. Oh, was it mentioned he also just happened to take a team (Dallas Stars) to the Stanley Cup Finals two years in a row? Winning the Holy Grail of hockey in one of those appearances? As for his team playing one more game this season than the Wild did - at least EVERY game was close in their playoff series. And even one of the greatest coaches of all time (Scotty Bowman) made an occasional early exit from the playoffs.

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