I have to stir the pot a little bit; the offseason is already driving me crazy.
I do have a chat planned with Jim Mill next week. Just want to get his thoughts on the season and the team he built for that very exciting Calder Cup run.
How much fun was that?
Moving on ...
The first and biggest question on everyone's mind is will Mike Yeo and Daryl Sydor be back next year to coach the Aeros? Well, do the Wild want to go with an experienced head coach or do they want to take another chance on a rookie coach?
And if they do that, who comes to Houston to run the show for Season No. 18?
I think the Wild DO promote Yeo. I think he takes Darryl Sydor with him and I think the Wild make the playoffs in 2013. My hunch is based solely on the fact that I don't think the Wild want to miss out on Yeo. Talk around the league is that Yeo is a true up-and-comer. If the Wild don't hire him now, someone else will nab him.
This is not a new theory, and I am not claiming it as such. I am just saying that this is what I think will happen.
And for another bold prediction, let me tell you who I think will lead the Aeros next season: Terry Ruskowski.
Ruskowski was the modern Aeros first coach in 1994-96, losing his job in the middle of the second season.
Most recently, he coached the Laredo Bucks until he parted ways with that organization after last season. He was in town quite a bit during the latter part of the postseason run and even worked with the black aces.
He was on the road with the team in the finals helping out.
I am sure Mill will get a ton of resumes the second if/when Yeo moves on the NHL. Certainly Ruskowski will throw his name into the hat. What a story that would make if the former teacher replaces the former student?
Here are Ruskowski's stats courtesy of www.hockeydb.com