Brunette will oversee Wild power play this season

  • Article by: Michael Russo , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 2, 2013 - 6:10 PM

The former Wild goal scorer will work both on and off the ice.

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bhrnew1lAug. 28, 1310:46 PM

Lets see here, Bruno is the perfect exit strategy on Yeo, I would feel that adding one more coach to what has to be the most assistant coaches backing up a head coach in the history of the NHL. I am sure they all add to less than half the price they paid Lemaire...... This is the one thing that Fletch and Uncle Leo is willing to do to help this floundering management ?? If you want control you make sure you only bring in people that will not challenge the Tea and Crumpett club, Fletch and Leo have their vision and they only surround themselves with good soldiers, Bruno is young, I can see him being a bit bucky however and someone that has the potential of challenging Lord Fletcher

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sage62Aug. 29, 13 7:02 AM

BHR: I agree with you, yeo is so in over his head and the players see it, but he's a yes man to Fletch. Fletch has made some good moves, but also some silly ones. Seto for a bag of pucks (2nd Rounder)to a division rival; Brilliant! Trade Kassian and sign Rupp: Really? Matt Cooke...? Really? Stoner should be serving drinks at a bar somewhere in Canada, not playing in the nhl. A tip for you Bruno, listen to yeo's PP advice and then do the opposite. He destroyed Pittsburgh's PP not to long ago.

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rodeoguyAug. 29, 13 7:10 AM

the g.m. is putting a good team together.next off season will be very interesting when the wild has free agent money again.Hopefully Yeo is on a short leash if the team struggles out of the box or later in the season it will be time for a change.a sure sign of bad coaching is when a team starts off strong and gradually gets worse especially near the end of the season.boy that sounds familiar.

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sirtophamhatAug. 29, 13 7:43 AM

Not sure if Brunette will be the answer for the power play, but I still like the move. Sydor was most definitely not getting it done.

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elmore1Aug. 29, 13 7:47 AM

This will be a good move for the Wild. Maybe Fletch is finally maturing a bit and didn't bring in some ex-Pittsburgh soldier this time..

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chasb53Aug. 29, 13 9:59 AM

I love the idea of putting Koivu in position to shoot but isn't the problem really his pass first mentality? Last year Miko could have scored plenty of powerplay goals had he not passed up open shots. His deferring to others is the main problem not his positioning. The captain needs to wind up and shoot more to score!

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cntrygntlmnAug. 29, 1310:28 AM

Maybe Yeo can explain to us where there's a more 'threatening area' to shoot from that the top of the circles that Koivu repeatedly passed up on?

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cntrygntlmnAug. 29, 1310:33 AM

Is Fletcher trying to go with an all under 45 coaching staff or what? I think it's high time for this franchise to stop with the whole 'Minnesota connections' deal, whether it be former players or Minnesotans, and hire some coaches that will garner a little respect around the league. Hiring two rookie coaches with NO NHL experience certainly didn't achieve that. Keeping Bruno, Bombardir isn't helping. Both were mediocre NHLers in their day. The results have certainly spoke for themselves throughout the history of the franchise. At least when we had Lemaire, a veteran, well respected coach, we had some success. Nothing under Richards, Yeo, Burno, Bombardir, Sydor.

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puckluck77Aug. 29, 1310:36 AM

The secret is a powerplay is tape to tape passing. It gives you time to make plays. if you have to tee it up before passing or shooting, the defense has already shifted over and blocked your passing, shooting lane. Like to see more one timers, get those passes in the wheelhouse, and let it rip. We need more shots on the powerplay. Get some traffic in front of the net. I wish we had Big Buff to park in front of the net on the powerplay, like the Hawks did for Stanley Cup sucess. Go Wild!

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jrypkaAug. 29, 1311:19 AM

My free advice, which is worth the price you paid for it: Put Heater on the half boards where he can walk out to the circle and let that tremendous shot do its work. Having Heater at the top of the paint isn't the best use of him. Yes, he's big, but he's an even better shooter. Put either Parise or Koivu at the top of the crease. Both are good at digging for loose pucks in the corner, so they should be good at digging for loose pucks around the net to slam home. And that way Koivu doesn't need to worry about passing first!

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