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Minnesota Wild: Coach Mike Yeo gets three-year contract extension

May 2, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo during the second period of game one of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Yeo will remain behind the Wild bench.

After leading Minnesota to the second round of the NHL playoffs for the first time in 11 years, Yeo has agreed to a three-year contract extension to remain the team’s head coach. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“I am very excited to continue to coach the Minnesota Wild and pursue a Stanley Cup for the State of Hockey,” Yeo said in a statement. “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, the NHL’s youngest coach at 40, signed a three-year contract in 2011, his first contract as an NHL head coach. That contract was set to expire June 30. After the season ended, though, in May, the Wild front office made it clear that it planned on agreeing to a new contract with Yeo.

The Wild are coming off their most successful season in 11 years.

After capturing the seventh seed in the Western Conference, they upset Central Division champion Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the playoffs before falling to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.

The Wild improved in each of Yeo’s first three seasons with the team.

In his first season as head coach, the Wild collapsed late and failed to qualify for the playoffs. In his second season, the Wild were the eighth seed in the Western Conference and were defeated in the first round by the Blackhawks. But this season, after a couple of slumps put Yeo’s job on the line, the Wild rebounded to win their first playoff series since 2003.

“Mike has done a very good job the last three seasons as our head coach, and we look forward to his leadership going forward,” Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said in a statement.

With Yeo’s contract settled, Fletcher can turn his attention to re-signing assistant coaches and members of the training staff who also have contracts that expire at the end of June. After that, Fletcher will conduct organizational meetings beginning June 9 to determine the team’s offseason strategy.

But agreeing to an extension with Yeo was the top priority.

In three seasons as a head coach, Yeo has a record of 104-82-26.

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