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Yeo: 'We flat out stink'

Shortly after the Wild's embarrassing loss to the Vancouver Canucks Thursday, coach Mike Yeo did not mince words when talking about his team's performance. He said many guys on the team aren't playing with urgency.
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Shortly after the Wild's embarrassing loss to the Vancouver Canucks Thursday, coach Mike Yeo did not mince words when talking about his team's performance. He said many guys on the team aren't playing with urgency.

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