Wild GM keeping Yeo as coach, sees improvement but wants more

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO and RACHEL BLOUNT , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: May 12, 2013 - 12:10 AM

Wild GM Chuck Fletcher announced no big shakeup — coach Mike Yeo will return — but sees holes to fill.

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lindy_frank123May. 11, 13 9:24 PM

I like Sohan's take on the season a failure. Couldn't have said it better. Fans were expecting atleast most of them, more so much more. Don't be satisfied people don't. Until you see the cup in Saint Paul. Nothing else matters..

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MKIAhockey130johnMay. 11, 13 9:38 PM

Would Chuck be able to say what he said today had Chuck Kobasews goal counted in the last game of the season where the on ice officials called it a goal, all who watched the replay seen it was a goal AND all who understand the NHL ways no they would reverse the goal so they could have the Wild play the Hawks...... Had Justice taken place and the Avalanche knocked the Wild out of the playoffs, Uncle Leo would been in a tough spot to keep his management team together. I think this would have been a different meeting OR harder for the fans to swallow

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hellonameMay. 11, 13 9:44 PM

Correct, had they lost every single game, won every single game, or won or lost more games than they did, the situation would be different. Not sure what your point is? Reality is what it is, and Fletch is reacting to it.

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rjr2205May. 11, 13 9:44 PM

My primary concern about Coach yeo is that he seems to be too close to the plays and therefore not making the hard decisions. It has been suggested by others, and I agree, that Miko is not a first line center and does not show on ice leadership/captaincy. I did not see his leadership when his goalies got run over, when he got clocked, and when the Wild were trailing, he often looked like one of the first players to play like they had already lost. So yes there's been some noticable growth but I really want to see our "rookie coach" step up and lead next year! So again I say GO WILD!!!!

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firefly70May. 11, 1310:50 PM

“Last year, we were Mikko Koivu and a bunch of prospects. Now, we’ve got four cornerstone pieces in Mikko and [Ryan] Suter and [Zach] Parise and [Jason] Pominville":___ Uh, huh. I love how the team tries to manage expectations AFTER the fact. So Fletcher is basically admitting the Wild had a bad team last year, and a very mediocre team this year. Also, I'm not sure the team can really call Pominville a "cornerstone piece" if he only played 10 regular season games and 2 playoff games for the Wild this season; and only on contract for just one more season. Regardless, four cornerstone pieces is NOT enough to make a serious run in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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mgalaforetMay. 11, 1311:39 PM

$98MM for Suter and he is a Norris trophy finalist. $98MM for Parise, and he has no shots in the elimination game. And one measly goal in the playoffs in which Coyle did all the work for him, and is offset by his horrendous +/-. Wow. Yeah, the Wild really need a new Captain, especially if he's local. Because he demonstrated so much leadership.

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april24May. 12, 1312:10 AM

Man, I can see why a lot of people avoid these boards, it's just the same group of negative complainers every day. Taken as a whole, the Wild DID improve this season, that's undeniable. Whatever your expectations may have been, it's not the Wild's job to meet them. Their goal was to make the playoffs and they did. Yes, they backed in, blah, blah, blah....and that is something that needs to be rectified next year, but this is a team trending up. My expectations next year will be much higher too but it doesn't do any good to sit here and trash the organization. Are those of you who do that actually fans? Making the occasional point on something is fine but the same people just come here and rip away. It gets old. I'm already counting the days until training camp. I can't wait to get going again.

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binky11010May. 12, 1312:20 AM

It's simple. The Wild had big time collapses the last two years. One last half a season, the other lasted the last two weeks of the season. That has a lot to do with coaching. Yeo needs to go now - firing him halfway through next season will be half a season too late.

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pazalunaMay. 12, 1312:20 AM

the team isn't very good. last year they scored the least goals in the NHL. this year, with parise, they finished 11 goals ahead of the lowest scoring team in the league. what they need to do is trade some of their prospects (and i'm pretty sure the marketing department came up with the word "prospects") and get some veteran NHL "talent." Rick Nash would have been perfect last year.

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firefly70May. 12, 13 1:59 AM

"My expectations next year will be much higher":__ Just remember if the Wild fall short of you expectations next year, "it's not the Wild's job to meet them." :) p.s. Heaven forbid fans should want something more than a one-and-done playoff series. I guess we should all just be happy, and feel blessed, that we get to watch a perennially mediocre team struggling to finish the season near .500. Sigh.

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