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Team: St Louis Blues
Age / DOB:  (43) / 7/31/1973
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The St. Louis Blues have looked good in Mike Yeo's first five games as head coach.
Before Yeo took over as coach, the biggest issue with the Blues was their goaltending. But since Yeo has taken over, both Jake Allen and Carter Hutton have looked better. Not only have they been making key saves, but their teammates have also limited the opposition's time and space in the offensive zone and they're blocking a lot more shots. The St. Louis has blocked 20 shots or more in three of their last five games and it's making a difference. "We had a mindset that we really needed to make sure that we protected the middle of the ice a little bit better than what we had," Yeo said. "When you do that, maybe you give up a little bit of space on the outside, but if you’re in a good position, but you should be in that shot lane. If we’re going to protect an area, we might as well protect the most dangerous area." Feb 11 - 11:21 AM

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St. Louis bench boss Mike Yeo has a record of 2-1-0 since Ken Hitchcock was fired.

Granted it's a small sample size, but it is interesting. The goaltending of the Blues played a significant a factor in relieving Hitchcock of his coaching duties, but the team has posted shutouts over the opposition in the last two games. St. Louis has a 1.34 goals-against average and a .954 save percentage under Yeo. He has been emphasizing quick puck movement, especially out of the defensive zone and the goaltending has held up their end of the bargain. We will see how long this lasts.
Feb 9 - 9:25 AM

Mike Yeo will make his head coaching debut with St. Louis on Thursday versus Toronto.

The Blues fired Ken Hitchcock on Wednesday, which puts Yeo in charge earlier than expected. He was slated to take over the head coaching job at the start of the 2017-18 season. "Our game, for whatever reason, is not where we need it to be right now and that's what we get to today," said Yeo. "We have one practice before we play a game. We can't come in here and reinvent the wheel. I do believe there's some areas that we have to really dial in on. In a large part, I think that's our execution and with that comes the speed of our game and from there, obviously our checking game has been something that we've talked about greatly and it's an area that we have to get much stronger at from our net out."
Feb 1 - 6:09 PM

Mike Yeo has been happy to work under Ken Hitchcock this season ahead of him taking over as the Blues' bench boss in 2017-18.

"I’m very grateful," Yeo said. "It’s been such a learning experience for me and it’s really given me a chance to grow as a coach. I look at where I’m at right now and I couldn’t be happier, being in this organization, working with this group." Yeo had a 173-132-44 record with the Minnesota Wild before they fired him during the 2015-16 campaign. He had the option to return to the NHL as a bench boss, but instead decided to take this opportunity to learn from Hitchcock, who has 1,436 games and counting worth of head coaching experience. The challenging thing seems to have been Yeo finding the right balance between being proactive and not overstepping his bounds. At first he erred towards the latter, but as he's become a bit more proactive he feels that Hitchcock and himself have been in sync.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 10:53:00 AM

Mike Yeo is looking forward to working with Ken Hitchcock in 2016-17.

"The two-hour conversation I had with (Hitchcock), I felt that I already learned a couple of things that I'll be able to take forward," Yeo said. "I've had a ton of respect, he's one of the greatest coaches in the history of the game in my eyes." Yeo will help and continue to learn from Hitchcock over the course of the year and then he will become the head coach in 2017-18.
Wed, Jun 15, 2016 02:37:00 PM

Mike Yeo will join the Blues as an associate coach in 2016-17 and he will take over for Ken Hitchcock as head coach in 2017-18.

"We’re excited to have Mike Yeo join us an an associate coach for next season and to become the next head coach for the St. Louis Blues for three years after that," GM Doug Armstrong said. "For being 42 years old, he's got a lot of experience. He's won a Stanley Cup in Pittsburgh, he's taken an American League team to the finals and you saw the good job he did in Minnesota in taking that team to the second round. What excites me is his experience, but with his age, he can really relate to today's players and it's an exciting day for our team." Yeo guided the Minnesota Wild to a 173-132-44 record before he was fired last year.
Mon, Jun 13, 2016 12:07:00 PM

Mike Yeo could become the Blues' coach in waiting.

Yeo interviewed with the Blues about one of their vacant assistant coaching jobs with the understanding that he could become the team's next head coach when Ken Hithchcock retires. Hitchcock signed a one-year deal earlier this week and mentioned that it would likely be his last. Yeo has already reportedly interviewed with the Senators and Flames.
Fri, Jun 3, 2016 08:51:00 PM

Minnesota coach Mike Yeo was fired Saturday night after the team's eighth straight loass.

Yeo amassed a 219-160-50 record as head coach of the Minnesota Wild and had gone 1-11-2 since January 10, 2016, losing seven games by one goal.
Sat, Feb 13, 2016 07:50:00 PM

The Minnesota Wild have hired the two co-founders of war-on-ice.com, Andrew Thomas and Alexandra Mandrycky.

The website is one of the more popular analytics sites out there. Thomas has a Ph.D. in statistics from Harvard, while Mandrycky has a bachelor's degree from Georgia Tech in industrial engineering. They'll work with Ben Resnick, who's in charge of advanced stats for the Wild. "A lot of brain power there," assistant GM Brent Flahr said. "You go into the office and walk in the boardroom, and they’ve got secret codes and it’s like they’re splitting the atom in there sometimes."
Sun, Jan 31, 2016 10:11:00 AM

The Minnesota Wild have been shutout of back-to-back games for the first time since April 2013.

The Wild have now lost their last four games, scoring just three goals over that span. That's the latest example of a bigger problem though as Minnesota has averaged just 1.67 goals per game over its past 15 contests if you factor out empty netters. The Wild still have a five-point edge in the battle for a playoff spot, but they need to break out of this offensive slump to prevent that cushion from evaporating.
Sun, Jan 17, 2016 10:42:00 AM

Mike Yeo liked his team's performance in their 3-2 overtime loss to St. Louis on Saturday.

The Wild fought back from two goals down to force overtime against the Blues. "All things considered, I think we have to be pretty pleased with the way we played the game," said Yeo. "There are two things I love about this group. One is we’re never out of a game, and the second is that we’re tough in our own way."
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 10:44:00 AM

Mike Yeo wasn't impressed with his team's penalty killing unit in their first game against Colorado.

"Both goals were extremely easy," Yeo said. "That’s not our MO as a penalty-killing group. We’ve spent so much time focusing on our power play and talking about power play and working on power play and everything else. A lot of our penalty killers are also power-play guys. So, the next little while, a real heavy focus on our PK will be important, too." The Wild had the number one ranked penalty kill in the NHL last season.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 07:15:00 AM

Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo said that he will support assistant coach Daryl Sydor after his recent run-in with the law.

Sydor was arrested on August 20th for drunken driving and he has now entered treatment for 30 days. "He was great last year," Yeo said. "Unfortunately he had a setback here, but I know he can get back to where he was last year. We just want to do everything we can to support him and give him a chance to get better."
Sat, Aug 29, 2015 10:03:00 AM

The Minnesota Wild have extended their affiliation agreement with the ECHL's Quad City Mallards.

Although the Wild were affiliated with Quad City in 2014-15, the Mallards were the franchise's secondary ECHL affiliate whereas now Quad City is the primary affiliate. Quad City reached the playoffs last season, but lost in the first round to the Rapid City Rush. "We're excited to announce this new agreement and continue our partnership with the Mallards," said Wild assistant GM Brent Flahr. "Quad City offers a great organization that will provide our players an excellent opportunity to continue their development."
Tue, Jul 21, 2015 10:52:00 PM

Minnesota is not expected to be a player on the free agent market this off-season.

The club's remaining room on the salary cap will probably be taken up by pending unrestricted free agent Devan Dubnyk as well as and restricted free agents Mikael Granlund, Erik Haula and Christian Folin. "We have a lot of players under contract and the core of the team is under contract," GM Chuck Fletcher said. "We'll see. We can just bring back our team. We don't really have to go out and do a whole bunch here. I'll take a look and talk to other teams and see what may be available."
Wed, May 27, 2015 03:47:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Paul Stastny
2Patrik Berglund
3Jori Lehtera
4Kyle Brodziak
5Ivan Barbashev
LW1Alexander Steen
2Jaden Schwartz
3Robby Fabbri
4David Perron
5Magnus Paajarvi
RW1Vladimir Tarasenko
2Dmitrij Jaskin
3Nail Yakupov
4Scottie Upshall
5Ryan Reaves
D1Kevin Shattenkirk
2Alex Pietrangelo
3Colton Parayko
4Jay Bouwmeester
5Joel Edmundson
6Carl Gunnarsson
7Robert Bortuzzo
G1Jake Allen
2Carter Hutton