Minnesota Wild April 2013 mailbag; Yeo on the hot seat?
I received a few questions about the Minnesota Wild through Twitter, Facebook and email. I will answer those questions in this article.
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If the Wild collapse and miss the playoffs again, will there be a coaching change?
Last year's collapse was a result of injuries and a lack of depth. This year's collapse would be the result of the loss of two players and inexperienced depth.
Should Mike Yeo be fired if the Wild miss the playoffs? No.
But the collapses should not just be swept under the rug either.
That is my opinion, General Manager Chuck Fletcher's is the only one that matters. I don't think Fletcher will want to be searching for his third head coach since 2009.
What is the best and worst trade Chuck Fletcher has made?
There are couple good ones, Guillaume Latendresse for Benoit Pouliot and trading down in first round of the 2009 draft.
Latendresse was a big part of the Wild offense when he was healthy. Pouliot had a good start in Montreal, but has just bounced around a few teams since.
The draft pick swap was moving down from No. 12 to No. 16 in the 2009 draft while also acquiring a third and seventh round pick. The Islanders took defenseman Calvin de Haan at 12 while the Wild took Nick Leddy at 16, Matt Hackett in the third round and Erik Haula in the seventh.
As for the worst, there have been a few questionable deals, but the obvious worst was sending Leddy and Kim Johnsson to the Blackhawks for Cam Barker. We don't have to go into the details.
How will Erik Haula fit into the team's future?
He's gotten off to a good start so far with two assists and averages two shots on goal per game in three games for the Houston Aeros. He is listed as a left wing, but could play center. He is an offensive player that projects as a top-six forward.
What penalty should Charlie Coyle get for his head shot?
Reportedly nothing is going to happen. I completely agree with the Department of Player Safety. It was a clean hit and should not have been assessed a penalty.