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6/8/11 - Who is Minnesota's next coach?

View Poll Results: Who is Minnesota's next coach?
Craig MacTavish 19 42.22%
Michel Therrien 4 8.89%
Ken Hitchcock 2 4.44%
Kirk Muller 3 6.67%
Peter Horachek 1 2.22%
Mike Yeo 15 33.33%
Other 1 2.22%
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06-12-2011, 02:51 PM
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MacT did a year in prison, went to a substance abuse program, made amends with the family of the person he killed, and does outreach programs with drunk driving programs. Bringing up that 30 year old incident as a reason not to hire him is ridiculous.
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06-12-2011, 05:59 PM
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That doesn't change a thing about MacTavish.

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06-13-2011, 12:21 AM
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Russo has a new article up.

MacTavish visits Wild, remains top candidate

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MacT is my choice. I'd like to see Yeo stay in Houston to help develop the youth.

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That doesn't change a thing about MacTavish.
A lot of people bring up Heater's incident on why they don't want him or as a character flaw.

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So its been almost a week since it all ended....when do we get our new coach?

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06-13-2011, 09:52 AM
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A lot of people bring up Heater's incident on why they don't want him or as a character flaw.
I can only speak for myself and I don't bring that up. I'm more concerned with the fact that he's demanded a trade out of two different organizations now and it seems like his best years are behind him.

I am willing to bet this team announced a new coach within three days of the end of the finals.

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06-13-2011, 09:54 AM
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we all know its going to be MacT just announce it already

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06-13-2011, 10:11 AM
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we all know its going to be MacT just announce it already
well there are a few things that could inhibit that...$, length of contract, etc. We may WANT someone but it doesn't mean he has to agree to the terms we're setting forth. Sounds like pretty close to a done deal though!

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So its been almost a week since it all ended....when do we get our new coach?
Somewhere between the end of the SCF and the Draft. Wouldn't be surprised to see the announcement happen closer to the Draft to tie in with Minnesota hosting it.

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Somewhere between the end of the SCF and the Draft. Wouldn't be surprised to see the announcement happen closer to the Draft to tie in with Minnesota hosting it.
I wouldn't be either personally...but it would be nice to get a coach a bit before the draft so we kind of know what type of team we are going to have.

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I'm on the "Anyone but Hitchcock" platform. A lot of his ocmplaints in regards to younger players has me on edge especially when the Wild are going to be on the Producing Home Grown Talent end of the scale. Come on, Minnesota is like Canada-Lite for hockey, bonus is is that you don't actually have to be in Canada
But forced to pick? Yeo would be the guy.

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Bob Stauffer reported on Oilers Lunch today (he would have in-roads with Craig and some management types who are friends of Craig) that MacTavish is likely to be the next head coach of the Minnesota Wild and it should be announced in the next few days.

If so, good for the Wild and MacT. I think this is the right team for him. He's a guy who turns plugs into checkers and checkers into contributors. He gets the most out of guys who can contribute to the team both offensively and defensively, and that meshes with the Wild identity and core IMO.

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Bob Stauffer reported on Oilers Lunch today (he would have in-roads with Craig and some management types who are friends of Craig) that MacTavish is likely to be the next head coach of the Minnesota Wild and it should be announced in the next few days.
Not surprising.

That'd a great news to hear.

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06-13-2011, 05:00 PM
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Muller might be an intriguing option now that's he out of the front running of Dallas. And I liked Nashville's assistant as well.

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Just hurry up and announce it already so this team can get on with its draft choices and free agents.

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I wouldn't have a problem with MacTavish. Like J. Sawyer said, anybody but Hitch. I also want Yeo to spend another year in Houston, although he'll likely get an offer for an NHL spot someday.

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The Wild have been rumored to asked for permission to speak to Red Wings assistant Paul MacLean. He has also interviewed for the Senators.
It won't be him.

TSN reports he will be the new Sens head coach. It will be announced tomorrow.

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06-14-2011, 12:30 PM
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I wouldn't have a problem with MacTavish. Like J. Sawyer said, anybody but Hitch. I also want Yeo to spend another year in Houston, although he'll likely get an offer for an NHL spot someday.
Not that this should be a reason for hiring Yeo, but is anybody worried he's going to get hired by somebody else if we don't hire him in the next season or two?

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Not that this should be a reason for hiring Yeo, but is anybody worried he's going to get hired by somebody else if we don't hire him in the next season or two?
That can't be part of Fletcher's thought process. The only question he can ask is who will make the NHL club the best it can be? We may lose Yeo down the line, but that's just the way it is. We lost Todd Mclellan a few years ago too.

That said, if Yeo is the best candidate for the job, give it to him.

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I'm with TF on this one. I don't want to hire a coach because someone else can get him in a couple years. He had a good year, but I don't think that means he will be lights out as an NHL head coach. Hire the best guy for the job for next year and beyond.

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My only reason for bringing that up is that it seems a lot of people are saying they'd like to hire Yeo in a couple years, but they'd like him to stay in Houston until that point in time. I guess if we hire MacT or somebody else (and they don't right the ship immediately), and Yeo gets a head coaching gig anywhere else in the next year or two is anybody going to be disappointed we didn't hire Yeo?

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Depends on how the current coach is doing. Like someone mentioned, the Sharks hired Todd McLellan out of Houston when Lemaire was working his best magic on Minnesota. As much as it would be nice to have him in St. Paul now, no one was going to say that in 2005 when Detroit hired him as an assistant.

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He's a hot name right now but nobody knows how he'd coach in the NHL. Richards was the same way. John MacLean was the same way. We can't have another head coach come into this club and learn on the job unless Fletcher is confident that he is the best man to make this team the most successful.

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From Puck Daddy:

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Pro: Ask around hockey circles, and MacTavish is considered one of the premiere candidates available this summer. From Russo:

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Known as a players' coach and strong communicator, MacTavish began coaching the Oilers in 2000 and didn't leave until a mutual departure in 2009. He went 301-252-103 during the regular season, made the playoffs three times and coached the Oilers to within one victory of the 2006 Stanley Cup before losing to Carolina in Game 7.

One of the great defensive forwards of his time (he won three Stanley Cups as a player with Edmonton, one with the New York Rangers), MacTavish is known as a defensive-oriented coach. But he played with enough offensive stars (Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and others) and checked enough of them to know he has to open things up offensively as well.

He's also known as a strong in-game bench manager who can adjust to his opponent. For example, in 2006, MacTavish coached a passive trap for the first time because he felt it was the only way to upset the mighty Detroit Red Wings. It worked.
He's a proven commodity, one that could command some instant respect — honestly, two things lacking in the previous coach.

Con: While not a trap-happy coach, he's a defense-first guy. Granted, a return to a defensive style of hockey may be a welcome change for the Wild after two years of Richards' more offensive scheme … but it's still a return to a defensive style.

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