Tippett recalls young Yeo's fire

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 10, 2011 - 11:34 PM

Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett, center.

Photo: Carlos Osorio, Associated Press - Ap

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

GLENDALE, ARIZ. — Dave Tippett looked to his left from the Phoenix Coyotes bench Saturday night and saw an abundantly familiar Wild coaching staff.

Assistant coach Rick Wilson was his longtime assistant in Dallas, assistant coach Darryl Sydor one of his former Stars defensemen. And head coach Mike Yeo? Yeo played for Tippett for five years with the old International Hockey League's Houston Aeros and was Tippett's captain when the two won a Turner Cup in 1999.

"He wasn't our best player, but he was one of our most respected for how he played and the sacrifices he made to win," Tippett said. "He epitomized how our team wanted to be perceived, and that was work ethic and doing things right and finding ways to win. That's what he's become as a coach. It's impressive what that team is doing there."

Yeo considers Tippett, who was a candidate for the Wild job when Todd Richards was hired in 2009, one of his mentors. Tippett has won 379 games and was named the 2010 Jack Adams Award winner.

"There's a lot of things I've tried to pattern myself off of the way he coaches, the way he deals with people, the way he gets the most out of his team," Yeo said. "I would love to have a small amount of the success he's had.

"He did a lot for me, teaching me how to play the game and coming out of junior, what it means to have an identity as a player and role as a player, and more than anything else, how to be a professional, how to prepare."

Clutterbuck still hurt

Cal Clutterbuck missed his second game because of a leg injury, but the injury is to his right leg, not the left -- the one that kept him out Dec. 2 against New Jersey.

"Thank Brent Burns," Clutterbuck said of the former Wild and current San Jose Sharks defenseman. "I went to him and he ducked down and stuck his butt out. He got Seto, too."

It was also Burns whose shot caused Devin Setoguchi's right knee injury. Clutterbuck practiced Friday and skated Saturday, but he and Yeo decided it was smarter to take another game off.

"This gives it three extra days to settle down for Tuesday [in Winnipeg]," Clutterbuck said. "Sit one more out and make sure it gets better rather than force it today and then something else happens and I'm out twice as long."

The Wild is certainly expecting him to play; it reassigned Jeff Taffe, who had two assists in two games, after Saturday's game.

Aeros on top, too

Before Saturday's games, the Wild had the most points in the NHL and its affiliate Aeros, coached by John Torchetti, were tied for the most points in the American Hockey League.

"It's a big statement to have both teams at the top of their leagues. It's hard to do," said defenseman Nate Prosser, who has split time with both teams. "It's a good shout-out to management. I'm amazed at Houston. Between callups and their injuries, their lineup is hardly even the Aeros. It's crazy."

Yeo said, "The coaching staff down there is doing a great job not just winning hockey games but also preparing our guys to come up and play well for us as well."

The Wild and Aeros play the same system.

Motivator impressed

Arizona-based J.B. Spisso, the former Army Ranger and master motivator (www.eliteleadershiptraining.com), reunited with the Wild before and after Friday's practice for a talk and activity. It was Spisso who put the Wild through team bonding ("Operation: Urgent Fury") in Wisconsin before the season.

"This team is exactly what you want in a team. They have a common enemy and they don't care who gets credit," Spisso said. "When I talked to them, I noticed they were all focused and all fit. They are all lean. To the man, they are all leaner."

That could help explain why the Wild is one of the league's best third-period teams.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions


Atlanta - LP: J. Walden 4 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: H. Rondon 5
Washington - LP: J. Zimmermann 2 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: A. Burnett 6
Chicago WSox - LP: H. Noesi 4 FINAL
Cleveland - WP: C. Kluber 7
NY Yankees - LP: A. Warren 2 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: T. McFarland 3
Pittsburgh - LP: T. Watson 5 FINAL
Cincinnati - WP: C. Partch 6
Miami - LP: H. Alvarez 1 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: Z. Wheeler 7
Toronto - WP: A. Loup 8 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: G. Balfour 5
LA Angels - WP: G. Richards 3 FINAL
Texas - LP: N. Tepesch 0
St. Louis - WP: P. Neshek 7 FINAL
Milwaukee - LP: F. Rodriguez 6
Boston - WP: J. Lackey 8 FINAL
Houston - LP: S. Feldman 3
Detroit - WP: A. Sanchez 2 FINAL
Kansas City - LP: D. Duffy 1
Minnesota - LP: K. Johnson 2 FINAL
Colorado - WP: J. De La Rosa 6
San Diego - WP: J. Hahn 6 FINAL
Los Angeles - LP: D. Haren 3
Oakland - LP: J. Samardzija 2 FINAL
Seattle - WP: F. Hernandez 3
Arizona - LP: M. Bolsinger 0 FINAL
San Francisco - WP: T. Lincecum 5
San Jose 1
Winnipeg 34 FINAL
Montreal 33
Ottawa 11 FINAL
Edmonton 27
Calgary 5:30 PM
Brt Columbia 8:30 PM
Edmonton 7/17/14 7:30 PM
Toronto 7/18/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton 7/18/14 9:00 PM
Montreal 7/19/14 6:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Los Angeles 68 FINAL
New York 54
Seattle 88 FINAL
San Antonio 67
Phoenix 72 FINAL
Chicago 66
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters





question of the day

Poll: Which local pro team are you most excited about?

Weekly Question