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

Yeo shuffles lines in search of goals

Wild coach Mike Yeo gave three explanations for tinkering with his second, third and fourth lines despite a run of victories.

Updated: November 22, 2014, - 01:02 AM

Wild players show appreciation for their fathers on road trip

Keith Ballard has been in the NHL 10 seasons, yet his dad has arrived in Florida to experience his first father-son trip this weekend. In all, Wild players, coaches and staff have 34 guests on the trip.

Updated: November 22, 2014, - 12:31 AM

Wild wins a nail-biter on Zucker's last-minute goal

Darcy Kuemper’s season-high 37 stops kept the team close until Jason Zucker’s last-minute goal.

Updated: November 21, 2014, - 09:15 AM

Wild's father-son trip will be hard for Suter, Parise

For Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the Wild’s father-son road trip will leave an empty feeling.

Updated: November 19, 2014, - 12:23 AM

NHL's player safety department misses nothing

Throw a dirty hit, and the NHL’s player safety folks will see it. The Player Safety room in New York has 12 high-definition TVs and workstations that include 10 monitors that show the home and road feeds for every game.

Updated: November 18, 2014, - 11:22 AM

Iowa or elsewhere: Wild puts Harding on waivers

Medically cleared to return from a broken foot, Wild goaltender Josh Harding was placed on waivers Monday. If he is claimed, Harding's 12-year career with the Wild is over. If not, he'll be assigned to AHL Iowa.

Updated: November 18, 2014, - 06:36 AM

Wild wins a rare road victory over Dallas in matinee matchup

The Wild improved to just 2-14-5 in Dallas since March 2003 thanks to an impressive rebound effort from goaltender Darcy Kuemper.

Updated: November 16, 2014, - 12:02 AM

Wild notes: Young players step up

For the second straight game, the Granlund-Coyle-Niederreiter line was arguably the Wild’s best.

Updated: November 15, 2014, - 08:05 PM

NHL Insider: Parise, Suter contracts might cost Wild down the line

If Zach Parise and/or Ryan Suter retire before their contracts expire in 2025, the Wild is in trouble.

Updated: November 15, 2014, - 06:52 PM

Niederrieter's hat trick gets Wild back on winning track

Stuck in a slump, the Wild returned home Thursday and took it to the NHL’s worst team, scoring four goals in the first period.

Updated: November 14, 2014, - 09:17 AM

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