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Mike Yeo not happy with Adam Oates' presence in Minnesota


Mike Yeo not happy with Adam Oates' presence in Minnesota

Mike Yeo was the head coach of the Minnesota Wild until he was fired on Feb. 13. He spoke about his time with the Wild with the media for the first time on Wednesday and had plenty to say on the involvement of former head coach Adam Oates.

Oates has become a personal coach for players across the league. Among his clients are Minnesota stars Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. In his comments on Wednesday, it sounds like Yeo felt that Oates' presence had a negative impact on the team.

"I felt a lot of things right from the start of the year, let’s put it that way," Yeo said. "We had the best [first half] in franchise history and things never felt right."

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Oates was hired before the season by Parise and Suter, according to the Star Tribune. Is that what Yeo was referring to?

When asked if the issues this season all started with Oates, Yeo said, "Yeah. I thought we dealt with it. We talked with Zach, and we had no issues with it after that. And talked with some players, and … Whether it’s something like that, whether it’s the trade rumors, whatever it is, when there’s things that might cause a little unrest, they kind of sit there and they hang out. When things are going well, they’re forgotten and pushed to the side. But when things don’t go well, quite often they come back.”

Things were further complicated when Oates came to a morning skate on Jan. 12. When asked about that, Yeo said, "I’m not going to even comment on it. But I would say, that I would not do the same thing.”

Though his comments are a bit vague, it seems clear that at the very least, Yeo was displeased with Oates' influence on his players.

Yeo was considered on the hot seat in the 2014-15 season before a trade for Devan Dubnyk resurrected the Wild's season. With further struggles this season, it seems understandable why a coach would be upset by the lingering presence of Oates who has made it clear he wants to be a head coach again.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Now it's a series


Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Now it's a series

The Caps looked to be in real trouble after blowing leads and losing in overtime in both Game 1 and Game 2.

After two straight wins, however, Washington is in control against the Columbus Blue Jackets as the series returns to Washington, D.C. for Game 5. 

On the latest eipisode of the Capitals Faceoff Podcast, JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir talk about what changed for the Capitals between Game 2 and 3, as well as resetting their series predictions.

And as always, they answer several viewer questions.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page

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Burakovsky will miss the first round, but Caps won't rule him out for remainder of the playoffs


Burakovsky will miss the first round, but Caps won't rule him out for remainder of the playoffs

Andre Burakovsky will be sidelined for the remainder of Washington's first-round series vs. Columbus, but he isn’t necessarily out for the remainder of the playoffs, Coach Barry Trotz said on Friday.

Burakovsky suffered an undisclosed upper-body injury in the Capitals' Game 2 overtime loss and has not been on the ice since.

Trotz said the 23-year-old top-six winger needs “minor” surgery.

That procedure, however, will not preclude Burakovsky from returning to the Caps’ lineup in subsequent rounds, should Washington advance.

“That's why I said minor surgery,” Trotz added, asked if Burky might return at a later date.

This latest surgery is the second for Burakovsky this season. In late October, he had a procedure to repair a broken left thumb and missed the next 20 games.

Since his departure in Game 2, Jakub Vrana and Chandler Stephenson have taken turns replacing Burakovsky on the second line with Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie.