Michael Russo

Reporter | Wild, NHL
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Michael Russo has covered the NHL since 1995 and the Minnesota Wild for the Star Tribune since 2005.

Recent content from Michael Russo

Sutter's debut vs. Blackhawks fitting

His father, Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter, used to coach the Blackhawks and spent his entire playing career with Chicago. Brett Sutter lived in Chicago as a kid and was a big Blackhawks fan.

Updated: December 17, 2014, - 12:00 AM

When a Finn turns fiery: 'Angry Mikko' inspires Wild

A chippy side to Wild captain Mikko Koivu, as shown in his reaction to Keith Ballard's injury, has coincided with stretch of improved play. Fans know it as "Angry Mikko"

Updated: December 16, 2014, - 07:13 AM

Wild's off-ice team ready for traumatic situations

The Wild’s medical team practices hard for rapid responses. So the second Don Fuller’s fist went into the air last week, the emergency action plan was initiated.

Updated: December 16, 2014, - 06:41 AM

Wild finds power play, prevails in a shootout over Arizona

More illness turned up in the Wild's locker room, but so does the power play, which scored two goals against the Coyotes.

Updated: December 13, 2014, - 11:52 PM

Wild notes: Coyle feels the heat of his scoring drought

Mike Yeo believes Charlie Coyle’s five-year, $16 million contract extension signed in October has contributed to the forward’s scoring slump.

Updated: December 13, 2014, - 11:31 PM

NHL Insider: Bettman may be ready to gamble on Las Vegas

William Foley, the billionaire who aims to put an NHL franchise on the Las Vegas Strip, will meet with the NHL this week.

Updated: December 13, 2014, - 05:39 PM

Yeo vents to Wild about his frustration with its play

Mike Yeo's message to the Wild: It is beyond the time for his 10th-place, 15-11-1 team to wake up, get its act together and become the team it believes it should be.

Updated: December 13, 2014, - 12:32 AM

Lost opportunities doom Wild again in 2-1 loss at San Jose

Botched 2-on-1s made it easier for Alex Stalock, the former Minnesota Duluth and South St. Paul goalie, to shut down the Wild.

Updated: December 12, 2014, - 06:01 AM

Wild can't catch break on defense

When Ryan Suter returned to the lineup Tuesday night against the New York Islanders, the Wild was hoping to finally get a string of games with its top-four defensemen intact. That changed with Marco Scandella’s two-game suspension.

Updated: December 12, 2014, - 12:53 AM

Wild short on defensemen with Ballard, Scandella out

Keith Ballard is out indefinitely with facial fractures and a concussion sustained Tuesday night while Marco Scandella must sit out two games after delivering an illegal hit.

Updated: December 11, 2014, - 12:25 AM

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