The Minnesota Wild were bounced in five games from the Stanley Cup Playoffs after returning to the postseason for the first time since 2007. Since the Wild’s last playoff berth, the team has gone through two head coaches in Jacques Lemaire and then Todd Richards before finally allowing Mike Yeo to take over as head coach.
Yeo’s first season didn’t result in a playoff trip but he managed to get there after a shortened season and even managed to win the Wild’s first playoff game since they beat the Colorado Avalanche on April 14, 2008. Minnesota’s general manager Chuck Fletcher stood up and gave Yeo a massive vote of confidence on Saturday, saying Yeo is the Wild’s head coach and he stands by him.
Just talked to #mnwild GM Chuck Fletcher. On Mike Yeo: “He’s our coach. He’s our coach. We’re going to meet with the media today with him.”
— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) May 11, 2013
Frankly, the Wild would be wrong to fire Yeo, even if the team was booted in quick fashion in the playoffs. The team is just now coming together as a force to be reckoned with in the Western Conference with free agents Ryan Sutter and Zach Parise stepping up along with younger stars of the future like Marco Scandella and Jared Spurgeon breaking through this season.
If the Wild flounder next season the way they did down the stretch of this season, then Yeo’s job security can be revisited. But until then, the Wild are standing by their head coach and it’s without a doubt the right move to make for a young team.