ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Wild have fired coach Mike Yeo and named John Torchetti the interim replacement, following their eighth straight loss.
The firing came a few hours after the Wild's 4-2 home loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday night. That matched the franchise's longest home winless streak at eight. They've lost 13 of their last 14 games overall while plummeting toward the bottom of the Western Conference.
Torchetti has been coaching the club's American Hockey League affiliate in Iowa. He has nine seasons of NHL coaching experience, including stints as interim coach with the Florida Panthers in 2004 and the Los Angeles Kings in 2006.
The 42-year-old Yeo was 173-132-44 in five seasons with the Wild. He was 11-17 in the playoffs.