The Minnesota Wild have signed head coach Mike Yeo to a multi-year extension. Details surrounding the deal are yet to be released, but we now know for sure that coach Yeo will be the bench boss for a few more years. Yeo has done well for himself coming into the league having just one season as a head coach for the AHL Houston Aeros before being brought up to the Wild, taking over for Todd Richards.
"I am very excited to continue to coach the Minnesota Wild and pursue a Stanley Cup for the State of Hockey. Our fan support has been amazing and it went to a new level during the playoffs this season. We are all motivated to reward them."
- Head coach Mike Yeo
Yeo has lead the Wild to two consecutive playoff berths and helped to shape the Wild's younger players into some of the finer kids to be playing in the NHL today. During his three-year reign as coach, Yeo has posted an overall record of 104-82-26. This past season Yeo guided to team to a 43-27-12 record, good for 98 points which ties the clubs second best record in points for a season.
Coach Yeo did have some trouble spots in the season. The Wild stumbled out of the gate gaining just three wins in their opening 9 games before posting one of the better months of November the team has on record. The Wild also struggled in the month of December, winning just 5 of 14 games and ending the month on a six-game losing streak that had Yeo's chair warming up pretty well.
Fortunately for Yeo, his troubled team seemed to turn their season around when the calendar turned to 2014, and the Wild roared into the Olympic break, winning 11 of 17 to start off the new year and help to secure their spot in the playoffs.
The Wild will have to grow together to advance further into the playoffs than they have in the last two seasons. After a first-round exit in the lock-out shortened season, losing to the Blackhawks in just five games, the Wild were able to beat the Division Champion Colorado Avalanche in seven games this season and push the Blackhawks to six games in the second round before being dispatched. One of the things a team needs to grow is consistency, and keeping your head coach on is a great way to accomplish this.
We'll be sure to post more on the details of the contract extension as they emerge. Stay tuned Wilderness. In Yeo we trust!