Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Pittsburgh Confirms Yeo to Head Coach Aeros

Earlier this afternoon, the Penguins announced on their webpage that the assistant coach, Mike Yeo, was hired as the head coach of the Houston Aeros - AHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild.

“I am really pleased for Mike Yeo,” Bylsma said. “We all have aspirations and Mike has them to be a head coach. He has had the opportunity to learn here and in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with different head coaches. You can see the progression and the quality of coach that he is. For him to get recognized and get that opportunity in a place where people know he is a quality person is great for Mike.”

This seems to come as a surprise since Shero made it clear that he was happy with the coaching staff and there would be no changes made for this upcoming season.  However, this is a pretty good opportunity for Yeo and I think it's a decision he was presented with (and not because there were other pressures), so it was the right time and a good deal for Yeo.

It will be interesting to see how this changes the dynamic of the team especially the power play.  As much as I don't enjoy free agency and this time of year with all the changes, I am anxious to see how they manifest out on the ice!!  You never know what you have just the right fit to make a good thing GREAT!!!  We shall see!!

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