Anaheim has reportedly gained permission to speak with ex-Wild bench boss Mike Yeo, per the Minnesota Star-Tribune.
Yeo, fired in mid-February after four-and-a-half seasons on the job in Minnesota, has been a relatively warm commodity recently as the coaching carousel continues to spin.
He’d previously interviewed for the Ottawa job — which eventually went to Guy Boucher — and has been linked to the Calgary gig, though there have been no reports of a formal interview or discussion with GM Brad Treliving.
Yeo, 42, would be an interesting fit in Anaheim. He’d be significantly younger than the club’s previous two bench bosses — Randy Carlyle, who was 55 at the time of his dismissal and Bruce Boudreau, who was 61 — and doesn’t have many ties to the organization.
Yeo has also operated almost exclusively between two organizations over the last 15 years: Pittsburgh, and Minnesota. In each place, he started out in the American League before gaining a promotion to the NHL — with the Pens, it was he eventually moved up to an assistant’s and with the Wild, it was to replace Todd Richards as head coach in 2011.
There haven’t been many reports out of Anaheim as to what other coaches GM Bob Murray is speaking to. It’s believed assistant coach Paul MacLean — a former Jack Adams winner with Ottawa — is in the running.