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Morning Skate: The Wild prove firing your coach sometimes pays off

Take a hint, Canadiens.

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Lace 'em up. Time for the Morning Skate.

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Maybe Mike Yeo was the problem all along. The Montreal Canadiens can probably learn a lesson from the Minnesota Wild, who fired their longtime coach a couple of weeks ago after a similar free-fall out of the playoff race.

The Wild have won four straight games since then, including a rout of the defending champion Blackhawks on Sunday in the first Stadium Series event of the year. Minnesota has looked far more aggressive and motivated since Yeo's departure. Whether that's because they feel free without him or responsible for his termination, the end result is the same. Minnesota made a difficult decision and it paid immediate dividends at a crucial part of the season.

In the meantime, Habs fans must be left playing the "what if?" game in their heads about Michel Therrien's tenure.