Updated: 06/06/2014 10:45 AM
Created: 05/31/2014 4:33 PM KSTP.com
The Minnesota Wild have signed coach Mike Yeo to a multiyear contract extension.
The team announced the deal Saturday. Yeo just finished the last year of his original three-year contract by leading the Wild to the Western Conference semifinals.
That initial deal, set to expire next month, paid Yeo $600,000 last season.
”I am very excited to continue to coach the Minnesota Wild and pursue a Stanley Cup for the State of Hockey,” said Yeo, in a statement issued by the team. “Our fan support has been amazing and it went to a new level during the playoffs this season. We are all motivated to reward them.”
Yeo guided the Wild through a rocky season filled with injuries and inconsistency early. But under his steady hand, the team beat Colorado in the first round of the playoffs for just the franchise's third postseason series victory.
The Wild lost to Chicago in the Conference Semifinals.
Yeo is 104-82-26 in his three seasons.
“Mike has done a very good job the last three seasons as our Head Coach and we look forward to his leadership going forward,” said Wild General Manager Fletcher, in the same team-issued statement.
Minnesota went 43-27-12 this season and advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the second time in franchise history (2002-03). The club’s 98 points ranked 11th in the NHL this season and tied for second most in franchise history. The Wild has posted a record of 104-82-26 (.552) during his three seasons as Head Coach, ranks 10th in the NHL in wins since the start of the 2012-13 season and is one of 11 teams to advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs the last two seasons. Yeo was named the team’s third Head Coach on June 17, 2011.
(Material from the Associated Press and Minnesota Wild Media Relations were used in this report)