KSTP, the ABC affiliate in Minneapolis-St.Paul, was on the scene at practice today, and they caught Yeo unleashing his wrath upon the uninspired Wild squad. Most of the objectionable language has been censored courtesy of KSTP.
There were quite a few bleeps in that video. It was the second time Yeo stopped practice today, and he clearly had had enough.
The Wild, who have lost eight of its last ten games, seemed listless when Yeo snapped. He's probably feeling the heat with the Wild out of a playoff spot despite having added Thomas Vanek in the off-season to a talent-laden roster that features Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu, Jason Pominville, and Ryan Suter. They sit six points out of a playoff spot when it was thought they would challenge for the division lead this season.
"I think Yeozie finally lost it on us," Vanek told Michael Russo, the Wild beat reporter for the Star Tribune. "I think it was good and maybe needed. There's only so much you can say before you snap."
Yeo's calm hasn't moved Minnesota to new heights, and it appears that his tirade was a little eye-opening for some of the Wild. Whether or not it changes his fate is to be determined. One thing is certain, though: the coach, like the fans, are being driven mad by this seemingly indifferent team. The only difference is that it may ultimately cost Mike Yeo his job.
Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!