Thursday, February 4, 2016
The Minnesota Wild are Now Consistent - Consistently Atrocious that is
The Minnesota Wild continues to find unique ways to lose games and tonight's game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden left this Wild fan scratching his head. I'm beyond getting mad and angry. I'm disgusted.
The Minnesota Wild have become consistent at something but that something is losing. They have become consistently atrocious. There aren't enough words for me to describe how I feel about this team right now but it's safe to say that I want to SCREAMMMMMMMMMMMM!
Minnesota Wild Start Hot Then Fizzle into Oblivion
The Wild surprised me in the first period. They had two goals on six shots and looked like they had found their mojo. The Wild would end up with only 18 shots and more importantly they would give up the next four goals (one was an empty net goal).
In my last Minnesota Wild article I mentioned that I would rather the Wild get fewer shots and more goals than the opposite. Tonight it looked like that was going to happen. Then in a matter of moments the Wild gave this game away.
The second and third periods were a joke. The same thing occurred two nights ago when the Wild played the New York Islanders. They had a strong first period and then laid an egg in the final two periods.
The Wild are definitely lacking something. What that something is, I have no idea but losing the way the team is losing right now is terrible and disheartening. The team seems to lack the drive necessary to make the type of push that they've made the last two seasons.
Something has to change and it has to change now. Actually things had to change yesterday and the day before that and the day before that.
So what do I and other Wild fans think needs to change?
Time for Mike Yeo to Go
My Twitter friend @kpaananen40 (also known as vikings4life) has called for Mike Yeo to be fired for a number of weeks now. He is a guy that I regularly tweet with during Wild games and he usually pushes me to see another side of things.
We don't always agree but we respect each other and have a fun time (well not always fun) talking about our favorite NHL team.
I've continuously defended Yeo and placed the blame on the players and their inability to score goals but after this New York trip, I think that Yeo has lost his team and a change is necessary.
It does pain me to say that it's time for Yeo to be fired. Every year Mike Yeo seems to be on thin ice and somehow he survives but his time has run out. The way the Wild keep losing is unacceptable and while it's easy to blame the players, at some point the finger has to be pointed at the head coach.
The Wild just can't have these huge swings season after season. The team needs to play consistently well and not consistently poorly. If Wild management and ownership really feel that they have the talent necessary to make the playoffs and go far in the playoffs, then they need to seriously consider a change in the head coaching position.
Firing Yeo this far into the season is a tough thing to do and it might not solve the immediate problems that the team faces. But in the long-term it might be what is needed. The players have to realize that their actions and horrendous play can and will get their coach fired.
Other Changes Necessary as Well
If the Wild are serious about winning they need to send the message that losing is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. They need to shake things up before the NHL trade deadline that is on February 29th.
The Wild should consider trading some big names in order to get big names who could potentially provide much needed scoring. It might be tough to give up a potential future superstar but the team needs to improve this club and improve it now.
I don't have the magic answer about who should be traded and what that trade should look like. I do know that the Minnesota Wild are spiraling out of control and something needs to be done to stop the losing. This team's chances of making the playoffs continue to dwindle away. Waiting for the next loss and the one after that and the one after that to make changes will have a negative impact on the club.
Let's hope that Wild management start making changes now!