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Mike Yeo fired by Wild
- Updated: February 13, 2016
Head coach, now former head coach, of the Minnesota Wild Mike Yeo confirmed in a text message Saturday night that he has been fired by the team. Yeo was fired after a 4-2 loss, the teams eighth straight loss. After starting the season with a 20-10-4 record, they have lost 16 of their last 19 games.
Yeo has had success as the coach of the Wild, coaching the team to back to back 40 win seasons. The wild have made the playoffs 3 years in a row, but have not been able to get past their division rival, the Chicago Blackhawks, losing to them in all three years. His career record behind the bench is 171-131-44 in almost 5 seasons with the Wild.
After spending time as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Yeo left the team to fill the head coaching vacancy of the Houston Aeros (now the Iowa Wild), the AHL affiliate of the Wild. The wild announced they had promoted Yeo after the firing of Todd Richards. Yeo and the Wild missed the playoffs in his first season as coach. Despite making the playoffs in his second season, Yeo was said to be on the hot seat after a rugged start by his team in his third year behind the bench. The Wild would make the playoffs that season, saving his job and earning him a 3 year extension with the team. Yeo would once again be on the hot seat in his fourth season with the Wild, but a mid season trade to bring in goaltender Devan Dubnyk would once again save him, as the team would rally into the playoffs, before once again losing to the Blackhawks. But after another rough patch for the Wild under Yeo, the team has finally decided to part ways.
The wild have not yet announced who will take over for the struggling team, who sit only 3 points out of a playoff spot. Iowa Wild coach John Torchetti could be under consideration for the job. Torchetti was the interim coach for the Florida Panthers in the 2004, replacing fired coach Rick Dudley, and for the Los Angeles Kings in 2006, before being replaced himself by Marc Crawford.