Souhan: Can Wild ride recent success to playoffs?

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 9, 2014 - 12:49 AM

Mike Yeo has struggled with prosperity previously.

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deepsixFeb. 8, 14 7:26 PM

So far the answer is no Yeo can't. Every move that has worked has been the result of an injury that forced his hand. A good coach should make the move because that is the right decision. Hope it changes because I do like Yeo.

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bryologyFeb. 8, 14 8:04 PM

I could have summed up the answer to this article in one word. "No."

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cjvirnigFeb. 8, 14 8:05 PM

It is folly to think that Parise and Suter would the main difference making the Wild a legitimate Cup contender. Anyone who follows this team closely understands that if this team ever makes that next step, Parise and Suter will be the frosting, not the cake. The cake will be guys like Grandlund, Brodin, Coyle, Zucker, Fontaine, Spurgeon, and Nieterreiter (among others). In many ways, the Wild in 2013-2014 are like where the Blackhawks were 5 years ago. Chicago was fortunate that their crop of young players produced not one but two superior goal scorers in Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews (not to mention Brent Seabrook on D). The Wild's success over the next several years will be determined not by Parise and Suter. It'll be determined by how good their crop of young players become. If they all turn out to be Pierre Marc Bouchard, then the Wild will be a middling team toward the bottom end of the playoff picture. If one or two of these guys become stars, then Minnesota could be the next Blackhawks.

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rodeoguyFeb. 8, 14 9:26 PM

Another good article Shouhan.I totally agree with deep six but I doubt long term Yeo is the answer for this group to improve.The remainder of this season will tell the future for this coach and I think the G.M. has been wise not to extend his contract before the season is over.

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cntrygntlmnFeb. 8, 14 9:34 PM

Souhan is generally the voice of reason when it comes to Wild opinion pieces. Russo is too fully immersed in coverage to write pieces like this and that's just fine.

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lakneeFeb. 8, 1410:02 PM

ARRey sez: What, no basketball game?

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bhrnew1lFeb. 8, 1410:05 PM

Simplest way to explain this is to say, Fletch and Leo have a plan that they both are buying into, the consequence of that plan makes the more serious hockey fans and media scratching their head, obviously Fletch and Leo are justifying to themselves that their plan is worth the 5 years of putrid hockey, inconsistent play, hiring Todd Richards and Mike Yeo and a big drop in work ethic. I am sure they think the hockey fans will be happy in the end...... Its super obvious that successful experience and age is a problem WHEN Yeo is working with EGOS like that of Koivou or Heatley, the older guys with talent Mister Souhan is talking about

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bhrnew1lFeb. 8, 1410:25 PM

Jim, I am absolutely convinced that YEO is in the right profession for himself to make good money. If Fletcher and the Great Uncle Leo want to see him make it here they better hope for something better than last years ending.

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tcstunnerFeb. 9, 14 3:35 AM

A rare instance where I completely agree with Souhan. Yeo is the whipping boy for rubes on this site. He gets all the blame when the Wild lose, but none of the credit when they win. It's crazy. Yeo is a decent young coach who seems to be getting better every year.

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elmore1Feb. 9, 14 8:46 AM

Yeo and Fletch's future should be decided at the end of the year. Leo made a risky play when he brought in two absolute greenhorns and there have been mis-steps, and it has taken a long time. I like what I see right now and hopefully they can have a decent playoff run.

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