Former Wild and Blues coach Mike Yeo

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Former Wild head coach Mike Yeo is fired by St. Louis

He coached Minnesota for five seasons

November 20, 2018 - 4:34 am

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - Mike Yeo, who coached the Wild for five seasons, has been fired by the St. Louis Blues.

   Taking Yeo's place as the Blues' interim head coach is Craig Berube.

   General manager Doug Armstrong announced the move early Tuesday morning. The Blues lost to the Los Angeles Kings 2-0 on Monday night to fall to 7-9-3.

   St. Louis is in last place in the Central Division. The team missed the playoffs by one point last season.

   This was Yeo's second head coaching job in the NHL.  From 2011-16 he led the Wild to 173 wins and three trips to the Stanley Cup playoffs.

   But Yeo never was able to advance the Wild past the second round of the postseason, and he was fired on Feb. 13, 2016.

   He was hired to coach the Blues later in the year, and the following spring he led St. Louis to the postseason, ironically knocking off the Wild in the first round.

   St. Louis was eliminated in the second round, and haven't been back to the playoffs since.

   Yeo is the third NHL coach to be fired this season after the Kings' John Stevens and Blackhawks' Joel Quenneville. He went 73-49-11 in parts of three seasons with the Blues since replacing Ken Hitchcock midway through the 2016-17 season.

   Berube had been an associate coach on Yeo's staff since the summer of 2017. Before that, he was coach of the Blues' AHL affiliate and has NHL head-coaching experience from his time with Philadelphia.