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Ducks can interview Yeo for coach: report

Wild grant permission to Anaheim, which is looking to replace Boudreau

by NHL.com @NHL / NHL.com Staff

Mike Yeo has permission to interview with the Anaheim Ducks for their coaching job, the Star Tribune reported Tuesday.

Yeo was fired by the Minnesota Wild on Feb. 13. The Ducks are searching for a replacement for Bruce Boudreau, who was fired on April 29 and hired by the Wild on May 7.

Yeo, 42, was Minnesota's coach since 2011-12 and went 173-132-44. The Wild reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs the past three seasons and were eliminated in the Western Conference Second Round by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2014 and 2015. Minnesota was 46-28-8 last season, the second-most wins and points in its history.

Yeo signed a multiyear contract extension on May 31, 2014. They were 23-22-10 when he was fired, having lost eight games in a row and 13 of 14. He was replaced by John Torchetti.

Boudreau coached the Ducks to four straight Pacific Division championships, but lost Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs at home to end each of the four seasons.

After announcing Boudreau was fired, Ducks general manager Bob Murray said he did not have a timetable for hiring his replacement. The Ducks employ three former NHL coaches: Boudreau assistants Paul MacLean and Trent Yawney, and Dallas Eakins, who coaches their American Hockey League team in San Diego.

Murray did not rule out hiring one of them but did not say any is a candidate.

"It's a wide-open book. We have a list and we'll get busy on that list this weekend," Murray said at the time. "We haven't made any decisions yet at all. We're going to take our time here and meet with the players. Starting on Saturday (April 30), we'll meet with them all, get their thoughts, and we'll determine what happens with the rest of the coaching staff."

Yeo was an assistant with the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he won the 2009 Stanley Cup on Dan Bylsma's staff. Yeo was the youngest coach in the NHL when he was hired in June 2011 to replace Todd Richards as the third coach in Wild history.

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