Dec 29, 2013; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo talks to his team during the third period against the New York Islanders at Xcel Energy Center. The Islanders defeated the Wild 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Rumors: Minnesota Wild expected to give Mike Yeo contract extension

A year ago there were questions about whether or not Mike Yeo was the right head coach to lead the Minnesota Wild into the future and take them to the next level. A year later, there doesn’t seem to be a hotter name than Yeo’s and a contract extension in Minnesota seems to be the next order of business now that the Wild’s season is over.

According to the Pioneer Press, while contract negotiations haven’t yet started, both the Wild and Yeo are expected to agree to an extension in the very near future.

The Wild were bounced from the Stanley Cup Playoffs this past week but their season ended on an extremely high note considering they were eliminated in overtime against the Blackhawks. Despite the loss, just about everyone in hockey acknowledges that the Wild are now a legitimate NHL franchise and a  real threat to win a Stanley Cup moving forward.

With stars like Zach Parise and Ryan Sutter paired with homegrown talent like Mikael Granlund and Jared Spurgeon starting to come into their own, the Wild look to be dangerous in 2014-15 and Mike Yeo’s growth as a head coach has clearly had a trickle down effect that will keep him in Minnesota to see this Stanley Cup dream through to the end.

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