July 9, 2012; St. Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher (left) and head coach Mike Yeo (right) speak to the media during a press conference at the Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Yeo will return for a third season as Minnesota Wild coach

No coach controversy here.

Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said Mike Yeo will return for a third season, according to Rachel Blount of the Star Tribune.

“He’s our coach, he’s our coach,” Fletcher said by phone this morning.

Despite a disappointing year, many players on the team were injured or played with injuries. Yeo will now have an opportunity to connect all the pieces together with a full offseason.

Per the report, Yeo anticipates all coaches will return next year. The futures of goaltenders Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding are not as certain.

On Backstrom, he is having surgery to repair a sports hernia Wednesday. He is 35, struggled down the stretch. But again in that Insider, I wrote how the goalie market is fuzzy. Do you re-sign Backstrom?

“Everything’s in play. He’s our No. 1 guy, he played well, he got hurt at the end of the year, but he’s going to be healthy by next year. He can play. He can play a lot. We’ll have to look at everything. What are his thoughts? What are our options? That’s why we told him a few months ago, ‘let’s get to the end of the year and see how the season goes and we’ll be in a better position to talk candidly. So we have a few things we have to resolve this summer.

Per the Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press, Backstrom would like to return to Minnesota next year. Harding, while managing a chronic disease, vows to return as well.

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