Minnesota Wild fires Mike Yeo after losing 13 of its last 14 games

Minnesota Wild fires Mike Yeo after losing 13 of its last 14 games
Minnesota Wild Coach Mike Yeo, center, diagrams a play for his team during the third period of a game against the Dallas Stars on Feb. 9. (Tom Olmscheid / Associated Press)

The Minnesota Wild fired coach Mike Yeo on Saturday night, a few hours following their eighth straight loss and 13th in the last 14 games.

General manager Chuck Fletcher, who said a week ago that Yeo's job was safe, announced the decision after the Boston Bruins beat the Wild 4-2 to match the franchise's longest home winless streak at eight.

"I would like to thank Mike for the hard work and dedication he provided behind the bench for the Minnesota Wild organization and wish him the best in the future," Fletcher said in a statement released by the team.

Owner Craig Leipold declined to comment. Fletcher was scheduled to speak with reporters on Sunday morning. There was no immediate word from the Wild about who would take over and whether there would be further dismissals from the staff, which includes assistants Rick Wilson, Darryl Sydor, Darby Hendrickson and Andrew Brunette. Bob Mason is the goaltending coach.

John Torchetti is the head coach of the Iowa Wild, the team's AHL affiliate. Torchetti has NHL experience.

Participating in his usual postgame news conference, Yeo was asked about his status after the loss that dropped the Wild to 3-12-4 in their last 19 games. That's the the NHL's worst record in 2016.

"You can't lose every game and expect to think that there's not going to be changes," Yeo said.

The 42-year-old Yeo was 173-132-44 in five seasons with the Wild, just the third coach they've had since entering the NHL as an expansion team in 2000. Yeo was 11-17 in the playoffs, taking the team to the Western Conference semifinals each of the last two years. The Wild have been eliminated by the Chicago Blackhawks each of the last three seasons.