Wild slump puts additional pressure on GM, coach

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 31, 2013 - 1:03 AM

Loss to Islanders still stings, but GM Fletcher said, “It’s over.”

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mnhockeyguyDec. 30, 1310:24 PM

Fletchers logic is flawed in many areas. If you look strictly at wins and losses the wild is 20/21. For three years in a row this team tanked at the worst time and only the shortened season saved them last year. The year before that the bleeding didn't stop until the season was over. I don't see how signing an aging Backstrom who was only decent last year to a bad contract could be in the "blue print" either? Fletcher unfortunately isn't his father. He's a GM that was given a blank check to sign Suter and Parise, otherwise has more misses than hits, when it comes to trades and drafts. He's also given out a fair amount of head scratching contracts i.e. Konopka, Rupp, and Cooke. If the Wild lose tomorrow, first order of business should be to bring in Laviolette to try and salvage the season. I like yeo but three years of this same pattern is enough to know there is a disconnect with this team and Yeo. Second if the Wild fails to make the playoffs, which is a distinct possibility now that Parise is hurt and they're in free-fall mode, then Fletcher needs to be axed as well at the end of the season. This will hopefully entail a different philosophical approach to the draft, which means we stop with the diminutive playmakers, and take the Hertl's or Nichushkins over the Dumba's and phillips and even Granlunds. Just my opinion.

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cntrygntlmnDec. 30, 1310:47 PM

Convenient of Fletcher to ignore the dozen games before the five game losing streak. If someone had told me the Wild would be in 10th place in the West at the midway point of the season, I would figure at least Yeo would be gone, some sort of trade, but nothing. Where's all this depth that Fletcher and Yeo raved about before the season started? For all this supposed "depth", not a single player has been benched for significantly under performing this year. There are several who easily deserve to be too. Time for someone to grow a pair and do something about this team.

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bhrnew1lDec. 30, 1310:58 PM

Remember the Wild has had a home heavy schedule against below 500 teams to start the season, As soon as the schedule began to get harder and teh road games began they started to lose, as mentioned this has been a common theme last few years..... I have to say Fletcher does not sound like a guy in any danger of losing his job, not even a little bit. so in a few years how old is Suter and Parise going to be ? Honestly I don't see what Vanek can do for this team even

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genericloginDec. 30, 1311:53 PM

Fletcher is only looking at the past 5 games to judge Yeo? Don't overreact? I think the fans are looking at the past two seasons which were disasters and this season is shaping up to be the same. Too bad the Wild backed into the playoffs last year or they might have had a new coach to start the season. Pretty much every single player has regressed when given enough time in Yeo's "system". Granlund is marginally better but with 3 goals and 12 assists at mid season he is not exactly setting the league on fire. PMB Jr.

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caferevDec. 31, 1312:15 AM

I'm giving absolutely no credence to what Fletcher said. In fact, I've already bought Yeo and going away gift. I'll be handing it to him right after the St. Louis demolition on Tuesday night. He's gone, boys. There's no way Fletcher can take the heat after this team gets blown out by St. Louis. No way. Mike Yeo will no longer be an NHL coach by Wednesday afternoon.

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elmore1Dec. 31, 1312:27 AM

Look Fletch already threw Richards under the bus and brought in another ex-Penguins, rookie coach over some excellent candidates. He should be fired first, call it our New Years gift from Leo. Enough of his excuses and "Minnesota Penguins" baloney.

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pazalunaDec. 31, 1312:30 AM

Wild Season = Over

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mahtomedi194Dec. 31, 13 1:04 AM

Like I've said over and over, Tippett gets more out of Vrbata and Doan than Yeo gets out of his 160 million dollars worth of dead talent. The Yotes go to Detroit and win. They went to Philly and won. The Yotes have come back from 2 goal deficits 8 times this year. Point is, with a REAL head coach guys work harder-period. Not that the Yotes are a great team, but...with 1/5th the talent they're still even or ahead in points with the mild. The difference? a REAL coach.

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knight63Dec. 31, 13 2:26 AM

There were a lot of positives from the last game against Isles? What exactly is positive about blowing a three goal lead against a cellar dwellar team that played the night before? I dont see any positives. They have absolutely STUNK for a month and are doing exactly what they did last year, and the year before. Free falling. How can Leo and Fletch turn a blind eye to this? This team is average, at best. Very fragile. Soft. Outcoached nightly. Outplayed nightly. I feel sorry for season ticket holders who have paid good $ to watch this garbage. Get a real coach in here who can motivate players and light a fire under them. These guys have tuned out Yeo. Stop insulting our intelligence by telling us "we will get out of this, its unacceptable, we have to get better". Baloney. How many times have we heard/read these same comments with this guy? Nothing ever changes under Yeo, and it wont. Enough already.

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imperialmanDec. 31, 13 5:28 AM

Quite the sales job Fletch. Now tell me again how leasing is a better option ?

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