Minnesota Wild general manager Mike Yeo signed a contract extension recently to remain with the franchise and everyone involved is excited for him to remain with the team.
“At the exact point of the season you thought we’d fall apart, we became a team. Mike and his staff deserve a lot of credit,” general manager Chuck Fletcher said; one of the greatest compliments a professional sports coach could receive.
The Wild finished fourth in the Central Division with 43-27-12 record and earned the Western Conferences first wild card position in the playoffs. Yeo has been with the team for three seasons now. During his first year the Wild did not make the playoffs, but every season since the team has made an appearance. Despite falling to a two game deficit in the series, the Wild rallied and managed to win and advance to the second round against the Chicago Blackhawks. They took the Blackhawks to Game 6 before losing. Despite not making it to the Western Conference Finals, Yeo believes that not letting any distractions to become a factor was to thank for how well they did.
“My goal was to, one, create an identity for our team, and two, create a culture,” Yeo said. “We’ve taken big steps towards both of those things.”
Regardless of having a successful team at the moment, there is always something that may need help. “Winners have an attitude that they’re never satisfied,” Yeo said. “The work starts now.” The team can’t rest on the knowledge that they had a successful season. So much can change over the off-season in terms of line changes or player trades. However, Yeo seems to have a good grasp on the goals of the franchise moving forward.