It's way to early to tell if Jim Mill got this right, but Mike Yeo will be named the next Aeros head coach on Wednesday.
It was hard sitting on this most of the day, but all of the other candidates have been notified and now it's time to spread the news. (Mike Russo actually broke the story on his blog earlier tonight, and I will have a story in the Chronicle on it Wednesday.)
I hope to speak to Mike on the phone Wednesday to add a little more color to a story that I am planning for Thursday.
To me this is a great hire. Mike Yeo has been well groomed for a head coaching job, and he has worked with Chuck Fletcher in Pittsburgh. He knows the Wild's (and Todd Richards') style of play and should have the Aeros well-prepared for any call ups to the NHL.
Yeo played for the Aeros in the IHL from 1994 to 1999 and led the team (as captain) to the Turner Cup in his last year as an Aero.
There will be more on this later, but I wanted to get this out there and let everyone know that I think this is the right guy for this job. Sure, the talent around him will ultimately dictate if he succeeds or fails, bit Yeo deserves a chance. And coming "home" to Houston, the place where he spent virtually all of his professional playing career, is a great place to start.
Man, is it really only June 15?