Coach Mike Yeo is expected to agree to a new contract with the Minnesota Wild soon, people familiar with the situation told the Pioneer Press. Though contract negotiations have not begun, both sides expressed interest in getting a deal done. Yeo's three-year contract runs through the end of June, but a new deal is expected well before that ends. Sources said they were optimistic that negotiations would not take long. Yeo, 40, the youngest coach in the NHL, just completed the final season of a three-year contract with Tuesday night's 2-1 overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 6 of their second-round playoff series. Wild executives said they are pleased with his progression as a coach and the team's progress under him. In Yeo's first season with the Wild -- and as an NHL head coach -- the team collapsed late in the season and missed the playoffs. Last year, Yeo's second season, the Wild made the playoffs but were beaten soundly by the Blackhawks in a five-game first-round series. This season, the Wild won their opening-round playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche in seven games before losing to the Blackhawks. The Wild were up and down for much of the season but were playing their best hockey late in the regular season and in the playoffs. At times this season, especially during several extended losing streaks, Yeo's job appeared to be in jeopardy. But each time, he helped turn the team around, leading the organization to its first playoff series victory in 11 years.
Wild: New deal coming for coach Mike Yeo
St. Paul Pioneer Press | May 15