Wild notes: Montreal coach Therrien knew Yeo would get his shot in NHL

  • Article by: RACHEL BLOUNT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 2, 2013 - 1:08 AM

 

Even during their days in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Michel Therrien could see something in Mike Yeo. Friday, the Montreal coach said he always believed Yeo had the right stuff to become an NHL head coach, and he is happy to see him at the helm of the Wild.

The two faced each other as opposing head coaches Friday for the first time since Yeo took the Wild job in 2011. As a young assistant coach with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton — a minor league affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins — Yeo learned from Therrien, who became the team’s head coach in 2003. They continued to work together when Therrien was named the Penguins’ head coach in 2005 and brought Yeo with him.

Therrien was fired in 2009. He returned to Montreal, where he began his NHL coaching career, in 2012. Yeo — who beat out his mentor for the Wild job — said he was excited to coach against a man he credits with helping him build his career.

“I wouldn’t be standing here today talking to you if it wasn’t for him,’’ Yeo said. “He taught me a great deal and gave me a ton of great experience. He allowed me to develop as a coach, and obviously, I had a lot of success working with him.’’

Therrien lauded Yeo for his work ethic, hockey knowledge and ability to relate to players. “I really enjoyed my time with him,’’ said Therrien, who was a part-time pro scout for the Wild before returning to the Montreal bench.

“I tried to help him and, certainly, he helped me, too. This is what coaching is all about, sharing and pulling the same way. I knew eventually he would get a shot at being a head coach in the NHL.’’

 

Brodin’s back

Defenseman Jonas Brodin returned to the Wild lineup Friday after missing three games because of a broken cheekbone. Yeo had been cautious about bringing Brodin back too early, but Brodin’s sharp play in practice — and the rapidly dwindling swelling and pain in his face — convinced the coach it was time.

Brodin played with a full plastic bubble shield to protect his face. “It’s not bad,’’ said Brodin, who tried and rejected a cage-style facemask last week. “It’s not the same as a half-shield. I’ll have to take it off and clean it once in a while on the bench.’’

 

Working through it

Wild goalie Josh Harding, diagnosed last year with multiple sclerosis, has declined to answer questions about his health since the season started. Friday, Yeo said that Harding’s commitment has allowed him to thrive while managing his illness. Harding entered Friday’s game with a goals-against average of 1.00 and a save percentage of .953, both NHL bests.

“It is a challenge, no question,” Yeo said. “He comes to the rink every day and he does what he has to do as far as taking care of himself.

“He’s been quite a story, and not just on the days when we’ve seen him be effective in the games. In order for that to happen, you’ve got to have effective practices. You have to have quality ice time. He does that day in and day out.’’

 

Etc.

• Defensemen Matt Dumba and Nate Prosser were scratched Friday. Yeo said no decision has been made on whether to keep Dumba with the Wild or return him to Red Deer of the Western Hockey League. Dumba has played nine NHL games, and the first year of his three-year contract would be in force if he reaches the 10-game mark.

• Canadiens enforcer George Parros played Friday for the first time since a frightening injury in the season opener. The 6-5 Parros crashed face-first into the ice when he was pulled down during a fight with Toronto’s Colton Orr. After being diagnosed with a concussion, Parros said he was careful to take plenty of time to recover.

• Several fathers of Canadiens players watched the game and the morning skate Friday, with many wearing jerseys identical to the ones worn by their sons. They were among 40 family members participating in the team’s father-son road trip, which began Friday and ends with Saturday’s game against the Avalanche in Colorado.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Los Angeles - LP: B. Wilson 7 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Grimm 8
Detroit - WP: M. Scherzer 3 FINAL
Kansas City - LP: J. Shields 2
Philadelphia - WP: J. Williams 3 FINAL
Oakland - LP: D. Otero 0
Toronto - WP: M. Stroman 6 FINAL
NY Yankees - LP: C. Capuano 3
Arizona - LP: T. Cahill 1 FINAL
Colorado - WP: E. Butler 5
Boston - LP: R. De La Rosa 2 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: C. Tillman 7
Milwaukee 1 FINAL
Pittsburgh 0
Washington - WP: J. Zimmermann 3 FINAL
Miami - LP: J. Cosart 2
NY Mets - WP: J. Niese 4 FINAL
Atlanta - LP: M. Minor 2
Chicago WSox - LP: H. Noesi 1 FINAL
Tampa Bay - WP: C. Archer 3
Cleveland 7 Bottom 7th Inning
Minnesota 2
Seattle - LP: C. Young 1 FINAL
Houston - WP: D. Keuchel 10
Cincinnati - LP: M. Leake 4 FINAL
St. Louis - WP: J. Motte 8
San Francisco 0 Top 7th Inning
San Diego 3
Texas 0 Top 6th Inning
LA Angels 8
San Diego 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Buffalo
Dallas 9/21/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis
Washington 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Houston 9/21/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Minnesota 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Tennessee 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Baltimore 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cleveland
Green Bay 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Detroit
Indianapolis 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Oakland 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New England
San Francisco 9/21/14 3:05 PM
Arizona
Denver 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Kansas City 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Miami
Pittsburgh 9/21/14 7:30 PM
Carolina
Chicago 9/22/14 7:30 PM
NY Jets
NY Giants 9/25/14 7:25 PM
Washington
Connecticut 14 FINAL
So Florida 17
Old Dominion 45 FINAL
Rice 42
Troy 0 FINAL
(13) Georgia 66
Georgia Tech 27 FINAL
Virginia Tech 24
Eastern Mich 14 FINAL
(11) Michigan State 73
Iowa 24 FINAL
Pittsburgh 20
Bowling Green 17 FINAL
(19) Wisconsin 68
Maryland 34 FINAL
Syracuse 20
Tulane 13 FINAL
Duke 47
Hawaii 12 FINAL
Colorado 21
Marshall 48 FINAL
Akron 17
North Carolina 41 FINAL
East Carolina 70
Army 21 FINAL
Wake Forest 24
Virginia 33 FINAL
(21) BYU 41
(6) Texas A&M 58 FINAL
SMU 6
Rutgers 31 FINAL
Navy 24
Central Mich 10 FINAL
Kansas 24
Utah 26 FINAL
Michigan 10
Florida 21 FINAL
(3) Alabama 42
Louisville 34 FINAL
FIU 3
Fla Atlantic 19 FINAL
Wyoming 20
Indiana 31 FINAL
(18) Missouri 27
San Jose St 7 FINAL
Minnesota 24
Texas State 35 FINAL
Illinois 42
Massachusetts 7 FINAL
Penn State 48
Georgia State 14 FINAL
Washington 45
Appalachian St 20 FINAL
Southern Miss 21
Northern Ill 14 FINAL
Arkansas 52
Middle Tennessee 17 FINAL
Memphis 36
Utah State 14 FINAL
Arkansas State 21
Miami-Ohio 24 FINAL
Cincinnati 31
Idaho 24 FINAL
Ohio U 36
Miss State 34 4th Qtr 1:27
(8) LSU 29
Ball State 6 2nd Qtr 12:08
Toledo 20
Ga Southern 28 FINAL
South Alabama 6
(14) So Carolina 34 4th Qtr 7:55
Vanderbilt 24
(4) Oklahoma 38 4th Qtr 15:00
West Virginia 27
UNLV 7 3rd Qtr 4:03
Houston 30
Miami-Florida 21 4th Qtr 14:25
(24) Nebraska 31
New Mexico 24 3rd Qtr 1:48
New Mexico St 28
(22) Clemson 10 3rd Qtr 5:21
(1) Florida State 10
California 14 1st Qtr 4:58
Arizona 0
San Diego St 0 1st Qtr 13:26
Oregon State 0
(2) Oregon 0 1st Qtr 13:00
Washington St 0
Louisiana 9:40 PM
Boise State
Texas Tech 9/25/14 6:30 PM
(25) Oklahoma State
Appalachian St 9/25/14 6:30 PM
Ga Southern
(12) UCLA 9/25/14 9:00 PM
(15) Arizona State
Middle Tennessee 9/26/14 7:00 PM
Old Dominion
Fresno State 9/26/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
(1) Florida State 9/27/14 2:00 AM
NC State
Duke 9/27/14 2:00 AM
Miami-Florida
North Carolina 9/27/14 2:00 AM
(22) Clemson
Texas-El Paso 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(20) Kansas State
Tennessee 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(13) Georgia
Vanderbilt 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Kentucky
Wyoming 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(11) Michigan State
Northwestern 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Penn State
TCU 9/27/14 11:00 AM
SMU
Iowa 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
Tulane 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Rutgers
So Florida 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(19) Wisconsin
Colorado State 9/27/14 11:30 AM
Boston College
Western Mich 9/27/14 11:30 AM
Virginia Tech
Maryland 9/27/14 12:30 PM
Indiana
Akron 9/27/14 12:30 PM
Pittsburgh
Bowling Green 9/27/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
Arkansas 9/27/14 2:30 PM
(6) Texas A&M
Kent State 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Virginia
Western Ky 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Navy
Minnesota 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Michigan
Wake Forest 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Louisville
FIU 9/27/14 2:30 PM
UAB
Miami-Ohio 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Buffalo
Colorado 9/27/14 3:00 PM
California
Louisiana Tech 9/27/14 3:00 PM
(5) Auburn
Texas 9/27/14 3:00 PM
Kansas
Temple 9/27/14 3:00 PM
Connecticut
(16) Stanford 9/27/14 3:15 PM
Washington
TX-San Antonio 9/27/14 4:00 PM
Fla Atlantic
South Alabama 9/27/14 4:00 PM
Idaho
Cincinnati 9/27/14 5:00 PM
(23) Ohio State
Rice 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Southern Miss
(18) Missouri 9/27/14 6:00 PM
(14) So Carolina
Boise State 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Air Force
Central Mich 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Toledo
Troy 9/27/14 6:00 PM
ULM
New Mexico St 9/27/14 6:30 PM
(8) LSU
Memphis 9/27/14 6:30 PM
(10) Ole Miss
Texas State 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Tulsa
Washington St 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Utah
(9) Notre Dame 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Syracuse
(7) Baylor 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Iowa State
UNLV 9/27/14 7:00 PM
San Diego St
Illinois 9/27/14 8:00 PM
(24) Nebraska
Oregon State 9/27/14 9:30 PM
(17) USC
Nevada 9/27/14 9:30 PM
San Jose St
Vancouver FC 0 FINAL
Portland 3
Houston 0 FINAL
Philadelphia 0
New England 0 FINAL
Columbus 1
San Jose 0 FINAL
Montreal 2
Seattle 1 FINAL
Red Bull New York 4
D.C. 3 FINAL
Chicago 3
FC Dallas 9:30 PM
Los Angeles
Toronto 40 FINAL
Brt Columbia 23
Edmonton 23 FINAL
Hamilton 25
Calgary 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Ottawa 9/21/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Montreal 9/26/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 9/26/14 9:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/27/14 5:30 PM
Winnipeg
Brt Columbia 9/27/14 8:30 PM
Calgary
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

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

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close