Fletcher should line out a strategy for how the team should play and fire any coach who doesn't live up to that. So I say they should fire him, but not before they have a clear idea of what they want from their next coach.
Who says he doesn't? It's not like they're going to release team expectations to the public; they'll keep those internal.
Originally Posted by Dee Oh Cee
Should the Rangers fire Tortorella? Should the Flyers fire Laviolette? Should Buffalo fire Lindy Ruff? Should Detroit fire Mike Babcock? Should Nashville fire Barry Trotz? Should Phoenix fire Dave Tippett? And finally, should LA fire Daryl Sutter?
These are all teams who have identical or even worse records than the Wild right now. This is an absolutely asinine conversation and should at the least be postponed until halfway through the season.
Edit: and I know what people will say: Obviously these coaches all have track records and are known for what they can do. At the same time, it proves that this early in the season there simply have not been enough games to make a judgment.
Now I'm not a math expert, but January 13 was three Sundays ago. About three and a half weeks. Yeo literally hasn't been able to have any contact with his players for a full month, let alone running them through drills.
FOUR. 1..2..3..4. Four practices through last Tuesday. Let's say they didn't practice on game days, and I believe they got a day off over the weekend (mandatory more time off under the new CBA). That's a total of SIX practices before the Anaheim game, maybe EIGHT before the Phoenix game.
Eight practices enough for Yeo to get the players fully coached up?
That's why I'm saying...time. You need some time to see how things shake out. How the players get settled, how the coach makes adjustments, how the players respond to those adjustments, etc.
During the game? I know he'll double shift occasionally. I wonder if that's his coaching style or is he just not familiar with the players enough? He didn't do it much last year either.
I know Lemaire loved to just play line boggle, maybe a bit too much, I don't know if that's necessarily a good strategy or not. I like giving hot players more ice time, but it's nice to have some familiarity out there as well. Personally I like playing with the same players because I know their tendencies and we can work out plays and what not.
Really though outside the top line and Bouchard, nobody has looked close to good. I'm worried if you split up the good players among too many lines, the other team just focuses on the one good guy and it all goes to crap.
I think that if the Wild lose tonight, Yeo starts to feel the fire under his ass and we'll see some panic decisions made in the near future... Yeo seems like a choke to me, but that's just my personal image of the guy, someone else might have a different view on the thing. Maybe SJ should hire him, eh?
I rather see some of the assistant coaches get the boot before Yeo. Yeo can only do so much. He can't get the players to score. He can't keep Backstrom from being an idiot and leaving the goal wide open. He can (and has) juggled the line to try and get more offense but the thing is, that's on the players to create the offense.
Yes they should. He doesn't seem to be handling things too good. Struggling with the lines but most of all, is he even present during the games?
When things aren't working out why not make some changes to the lines in-game? I'm not saying that he's supposed to switch it up every shift but he's gotta try some minor changes if none of the lines are creating chances.