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Sarah McLellan

Minnesota Wild and NHL | Reporter
Sarah McLellan covers the Wild and NHL. Before joining the Star Tribune in November 2017, she spent five years covering the Coyotes for The Arizona Republic. Born in Edmonton and raised in Arizona, Sarah is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
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Paul Fenton congratulated Brian McReynolds in a game vs. Minnesota in 1989. Fenton is now the Wild's GM.

Fenton's never-quit ways as hockey exec began as player

Paul Fenton is known as tireless, patient and sharp reading intangibles. That's how he was on the ice, too.
Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold introduced Paul Fenton as the team's General Manager and Alternate Governor.

Fenton's strength as talent evaluator key to his GM hiring by Wild

The addition of Nashville staples such as goalie Pekka Rinne, captain Roman Josi and several others were part of Paul Fenton's legacy as assistant general manager with the Predators,

Wild's Boudreau, Fenton prepare to build rapport

Getting familiar with the Wild's personnel is on new GM Paul Fenton's agenda as he transitions to the organization, and coach Bruce Boudreau is ready to help.
Dante Fabbro put on a Predators jersey after being selected 17th overall in the 2016 NHL draft as Predators assistant GM Paul Fenton looked on. Fenton

Wild names Nashville's Paul Fenton as next general manager

With Nashville, Fenton oversaw amateur player development, managed the pro and amateur scouting staffs and advised GM David Poile on player personnel decisions.
Kappo Kahkonen

Wild signs 21-year-old Finnish goalie Kaapo Kahkonen

A standout in the Finnish Elite League, Kahkonen was also the goalie for Finland's gold medal junior team in 2016.

Wild has three names on short list for GM job

Reported GM finalsits include executive with ties to Leipold.
Travis Boyd was the 177th overall pick in the 2011 NHL draft by the Washington Capitals and made his NHL debut this season at age 24.

Travis Boyd gets first taste of NHL playoffs with the Capitals

Washington rookie Travis Boyd hasn't spent much time in the NHL, but the Hopkins native has crammed plenty of memorable moments into his limited experience.
Nashville Predators assistant general manager Paul Fenton.

Predators' Fenton interviews for Wild GM position

Longtime Nashville executive Paul Fenton is a candidate to replace Chuck Fletcher. The 58-year-old also interviewed for the Wild's general manager job in 2009 when Fletcher was hired.
Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ � cgonzalez@startribune.com � March 25, 2018, St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center, NHL, H

More changes possible but Wild's Boudreau insists 'it's not a rebuild'

The Wild cut ties with Chuck Fletcher on Monday following nine seasons together, and a new voice in charge is likely to bring different ideas.
Wild owner Craig Leipold spoke to the media about the firing of general manger Chuck Fletcher on Monday. “My feeling is that the last couple years w

After firing Fletcher, Wild owner seeks revisions rather than rebuild

After firing GM Chuck Fletcher, owner Craig Leipold said he isn't seeking a major overhaul. Instead, he wants a replacement to 'shake it up' while sharing his vision.
Restricted free agents Jason Zucker, left, and Matt Dumba would like to be back with the Wild next season.

Amid Wild changes, Zucker and Dumba say they want to return

Although most of the lineup is under contract for next season, Jason Zucker and Matt Dumba are two core players who require new deals.
The Jets' Tyler Myers clears the Wild's Charlie Coyle from in front of goaltender Connor Hellebuyck during the second period in Game 5

Wild overcame plenty, but finish was disappointing

The disappointment of a third consecutive first-round playoff ouster defines mood for Wild's season
Winnipeg Jets' Ben Chiarot (7) and Minnesota Wild's Nick Seeler (36) mixed it up during the third period of Game 2.

Playoff action gives Wild rookies Seeler, Greenway valuable experience

Rookie defenseman Nick Seeler and winger Jordan Greenway appeared in every playoff game for the Wild.
The Wild's Eric Staal chased the puck in the first period against the Jets during Game 4

Wild must overcome bad math to stay alive against Winnipeg

The Jets have beaten the Wild in all four games played in Winnipeg this season and have won 11 in a row on home ice. And that's only part of the challenge facing Minnesota in tonight's win-or-go-home Game 5.
The Winnipeg Jets' Josh Morrissey cross-checked the Wild's Eric Staal in the first period during Game 4. Morrissey was given a one-game suspension.

NHL suspends Morrissey for Game 5, calls hit 'a reckless strike' on Staal

One of the Jets' most effective defensemen won't be on the ice for Game 5 when Winnipeg tries to finish off the Wild.
Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk came out of his crease as he challenged a shot attempt in the third period of Game 4 against the Jets.

Ready, steady, stop: Dubnyk tries to stay relaxed in Wild's goal

Even in tense times, Devan Dubnyk focuses on maintaining the outlook that has helped him ascend to elite status among NHL goaltenders
Zach Parise

'Sandwich hit' in Game 3 led to Parise's fractured sternum

Star forward Zach Parise, who has scored in each game of the series, suffered the injury in Sunday's 6-2 victory. Parise is the top-scoring player in Wild playoff history with 14 goals and 31 points.
Zach Parise, right, stepped up with a goal and Mikko Koivu contributed two assists — including on Parise’s goal — in Game 3.

Can Wild stay on the offensive against Jets in tonight's Game 4?

While the Wild certainly established a blueprint for combating the Jets in Sunday's 6-2 victory, the belief is it'll have to make revisions to stage an encore at the X.
Matt Dumba (not in frame) got the puck past Connor Hellebuyck (37) for a goal in the second period on Sunday.

Game 4 preview: Wild has a chance to hold serve

The Wild remains down 2-1 in the series after its lopsided 6-2 victory in Game 3 on Sunday.
Mikael Granlund (64) celebrated with teammates after scoring a goal in the first period.

Cooling the Jets: Wild's goal outburst sparks Game 3 victory

After struggling to score on the road in the first two games of the series, the Wild on Sunday erupted for six goals back at home to cut into Winnipeg's lead.
Jordan Greenway (18) celebrated after scoring a goal in the second period.

Nice timing: Greenway scores first NHL goal in key situation

The Wild's Jordan Greenway, who joined the team after finishing his college season at Boston University, corralled a loose pick and whirled to score with five minutes left in the second period.
Winnipeg Jets and Minnesota Wild mix it up during the third period of Game 2

Jets' physical play comes as no surprise to Wild

The Wild had no trouble responding to the physical tone set by the Jets in Game 1.
Winnipeg Jets’ Tyler Myers (57) and Andrew Copp (9) celebrate Myers’ goal against the Wild during the second period of Game 2

Wild 'had nothing' in Game 2 loss to Jets, heads home down 0-2

After managing just 20 shots in Game 1 the Wild had an even worse output Friday in the encore — testing Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck only 17 times.
Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck looks up at Minnesota Wild's Zach Parise as he saves a shot during the first period of Game 1

Wild needs more from its best players to have a chance in Game 2

The Wild on Wednesday in Game 1 was outshot 2-to-1 in Winnipeg and its No. 1 line was quiet.
Wild defenseman Matt Dumba

Dumba's confidence soars since regular-season gaffe against Jets

Even before injuries to Ryan Suter and Jared Spurgeon late in the regular season reconfigured the Wild's blue line to promote Matt Dumba to the No. 1 unit, Dumba carved out a more prominent role.
Jason Zucker and the Wild took a big fall to start the season before Eric Staal went on a scoring tear, Zach Parise returned from a back injury to sco

Can Wild avoid shriveling in playoff spotlight again?

"The greatest feeling of success is when people say you can't do something and you do it," Bruce Boudreau said. "That's where we're at."
Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon practiced for the first time Monday since he suffered a partial right hamstring tear March 13.

Wild's Spurgeon practices for first time in nearly a month

The poise Spurgeon could offer the defensemen during the playoff series against the Jets would be a major lift to the Wild if he is able to suit up for Game 1 Wednesday at Winnipeg.
Defenseman Ryan Suter (20) will be a bystander for the rest of the Wild’s season, as he recovers from surgery that fixed his right ankle after it wa

Suter joins Wild at Xcel, will cheer them on from afar

The injured star defenseman wishes the Wild well as he focuses on family, recovery.
The Wild's Joel Eriksson Ek is upended by the Jets' Nikolaj Ehlers in October

Jets will come at the Wild in waves in first round of NHL playoffs

Winnipeg is a bonafide threat to win the Stanley Cup, and the Wild lost to the Jets three times by a combined margin of 13-6.
Defenseman Matt Dumba has had a career year for the Wild at the age of 23. He also has 21 games of playoff experience.

Wild defense has been groomed for this moment

Suter's injury puts more of the onus on youngsters.
Minnesota Wild's Matt Dumba

Wild defensemen still scoring in Suter's absence

Minnesota's blue-liners have four goals in team's past three games since Ryan Suter went out with a season-ending ankle fracture.
Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown, left, tries to get a shot past Wild goaltender Alex Stalock during the second period. Brown scored four goa

Wild learns first-round foe and loses to Brown, Kings in OT

Dustin Brown scored his fourth on the game on a blistering one-timer only 23 seconds into the extra period after completing a hat trick in under two periods of play.
Anaheim Ducks left wing Andrew Cogliano, left, takes the puck next to Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker during the second period of an NHL hockey

Wild opens season-ending road trip with loss to the Ducks

While the Wild faded in the third period, the Ducks picked up the pace as a playoff berth dangled in front of them. Anaheim clinched after a 3-1 victory.
Wild left wing Zach Parise celebrated a first-period goal on Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot.

Parise's recent outburst of goals balances offense

This recent stretch of games is the best Zach Parise has looked since he returned in January following back surgery that fixed a herniated disc.
In a February 3, 2018, file image, the Dallas Stars' Jamie Benn (14) tries to break free from the Minnesota Wild's Ryan Suter (20) at the American Air

Bad break for the Wild: Fractured fibula sidelines workhorse Suter

Ryan Suter is expected to undergo an MRI on Monday, and that will provide the team with more clarity on the timeline for recovery and the severity of the injury he suffered in Saturday's loss.
Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (97) and defenseman Andrej Sekera (2) celebrated a goal against the Wild during their March 10 game.

Gameday preview: Wild vs. Edmonton

The Wild hosts the Oilers for its final home game of the regular season. It has gone 0-2 against the Oilers this season, falling 3-2 and 4-1.
Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) attempts to gain control of a loose puck as defenseman John Klingberg, right, helps against pressure from Minne

Suter injury and missed opportunity make loss in Dallas more painful

The Wild blanked on an opportunity to inch closer to locking down a playoff spot, as its season-high seven-game point streak finally expired. But the most concerning development Saturday was a lower-body injury that knocked defenseman Ryan Suter out of the game.
Minnesota Wild's Tyler Ennis warms up before an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings Sunday, March 4, 2018, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim

Ennis the odd man out in deep pool of Wild forwards

With 13 healthy forwards available, someone has to be on the outs. And so far, that has been Tyler Ennis.
Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ � cgonzalez@startribune.com � March 25, 2018, St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center, NHL, H

NHL Insider: Job security hasn't accompanied Boudreau's success

Wins matter but haven't spared Boudreau the ax.
Ever since the break, Eric Staal has been steadily clutch — a sign of the consistency that’s boosted him to his highest goal total since he last s

'Steadily clutch.' Staal trying to preserve confidence of scoring surge

Ever since the break, Eric Staal has been steadily clutch — a sign of the consistency that's boosted him to his highest goal total since he last scored 40 goals nine years ago.
Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba (24) celebrated his second period goal with teammate Ryan Suter (20).

Wild buries Dallas with three-goal second period, Dumba's big night

Defenseman Matt Dumba led the charge by the Wild, scoring a goal and adding three assists for a career-high four-point showing.
Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal (12) scores a goal against Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, during the third period of an

Staal's milestone goal forces OT before Wild loses to Nashville

Getting a point was crucial to the Wild who added to its margin over Colorado in the Western Conference.
Jordan Greenway (18) celebrated a goal during the Olympics,

Greenway gets his first ice time for Wild against Nashville

With only seven games to go in the regular season, Jordan Greenway is joining the Wild in the midst of a pressure-packed playoff push.
Boston defenseman Kevan Miller and Wild winger Mikael Granlund chased after the puck in the corner during the first period at Xcel Energy Center on Su

Intense overtime loss to Bruins still helps Wild in standings

"We're not getting anywhere fast getting a point here and a point there," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said after the 2-1 loss. "But I think we're going in the right direction."
Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau reacts to a no goal call against the Boston Bruins during the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Mar

Big milestone? Boudreau says 500th career win 'over and done with'

"I had a lot of acquaintances and friends that gave me a quick text," he said. "But it's over and done with now."
Minnesota Wild's Nate Prosser (39) shoves Nashville Predators' Craig Smith (15) in the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 24, 2018, in

Wild's strong outing vs. best in the West nets Boudreau career win 500

Boudreau, 63, is the second fastest all-time to reach the milestone (837 games) and quickest among active NHL bench bosses. He also became the 26th NHL coach to achieve the distinction.
Vegas’ Erik Haula and the Wild’s Jonas Brodin (25) showed equal intensity when the teams met March 16, but success rates haven’t been equal. The

NHL Insider: Playoff series with Jets would be a challenge for Wild

It won't be long until the Wild is confronted with its playoff fate, as only eight games remain on the docket. And with the team hunkered into the third spot in the Central Division, it's poised to meet the second-place Jets.
Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba (24) tries to clear Vancouver Canucks right wing Jake Virtanen (18) from Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk (40) during

Dubnyk OK with NHL's change in goaltender interference review

The Wild might have had a slow week with only one game on its schedule before returning to action Saturday night, but a significant change was put in motion during that time that could affect the team.

Wild-Nashville recap

The Wild fell behind 1-0 Saturday before rallying for a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators at Xcel Energy Center.
Zach Parise, left, and Ryan Murphy celebrated Parise’s goal Monday against the Kings. The Wild have good reason to be confident.

Late surge gives Wild some timely momentum

While it would appear the Wild has a bit of breathing room from its perch as the third seed in the Central Division, nothing is for certain.
When Zach Parise and the Wild resume playing Saturday, it’ll be the start of a nine-game push to the finish line that’s headlined by some of the b

Wild will begin hard sprint to the finish in two days

When the Wild resumes play Saturday, it'll be the start of a nine-game push to the finish line headlined by some of the best teams in the league
The Kings' Jake Muzzin celebrated an overtime goal by teammate Jeff Carter as Los Angeles beat the Wild 4-3 at Xcel Energy Center on Monday.

Wild picks up vital point despite OT loss on last-minute goals

Los Angeles scored in the final minute of regulation and the final minute of overtime to beat the Wild 4-3 at the X in what goalie Devan Dubnyk called a 'playoff-like game.'
Left winger Daniel Winnik's stints with the Capitals and the Penguins during those teams' playoff pushes give him perspective as the Wild pursues the

Wild's Winnik a veteran of late-season pressure

Stints with the Capitals and the Penguins during those teams' playoff pushes give him perspective as the Wild pursues the postseason.
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk stopped 30 shots to beat Arizona 3-1 on Saturday night for his 200th career victory. It took Dubnyk 11 games to register his

Wild's Dubnyk stays sharp, with help from back-up Stalock

After Alex Stalock set the stage for a weekend sweep with his 26 saves in the 4-2 victory over Vegas, Devan Dubnyk took over in Arizona.
Wild defenseman Ryan Suter is adept at moving pucks out of danger — and toward the goal.

NHL insider: Wild's defensemen continue to rack up points

Wild's successes include a blue line corps that has set record for offensive output.
Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker (16) celebrates after scoring against the Vegas Golden Knights during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Fr

Zucker relishes Las Vegas homecoming

Wild winger Jason Zucker on Friday had the chance to return home for a meaningful matchup against the Golden Knights.
Jared Spurgeon

Torn hamstring sidelines Spurgeon for rest of Wild's regular season

The Stanley Cup playoffs begin in four weeks, and the lead up to the postseason for the Wild will go on without defenseman Jared Spurgeon
The Wild's Jason Zucker, left, tumbles to the ice over Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov in the first period Tuesday.

Spurgeon injury adds more pain to Wild's 5-1 loss to Colorado

A lack of execution headlined a 5-1 loss, and Jared Spurgeon was injured in the final minutes of a game in which the Wild dominated early but didn't take advantage.
Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau, left.

Wild has room for improvement with back-to-backs down the stretch

Before the Wild gets a four-day break next week, it'll rattle off three games in four days with another back-to-back in that stretch — a pattern in the schedule that's yielded mixed results for the Wild this season.
Wild center Matt Cullen, right, picked up on a vibe that characterizes the team’s motivation as it closes out the final month of the season on the h

Wild in solid playoff position but feels motivation to finish strong

The team's 42 points since 2018 began ranked third in the league and second in the Western Conference, improvement that elevated it from clamoring for a wild-card spot to sitting among the division leaders.
The Minnesota Wild's Eric Staal (12) celebrates with teammates after the first goal of the game against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018,

Wild's recent offensive production is coming from a crowd

Center Eric Staal probably headlines the opposition's scouting report on the Wild. But recently, he hasn't been the only player other teams have had to worry about since the Wild has experienced production from all four lines.
Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk (40) and defenseman Ryan Suter (20) react as Edmonton Oilers left wing Milan Lucic (27) and center Leon Draisai

Wild-Edmonton recap

The Wild lost to Edmonton 4-1 on Saturday.
Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (97) and defenseman Andrej Sekera (2) celebrate a goal against the Minnesota Wild during the second period of an

Wild tumbles to McDavid-sparked Oilers

Connor McDavid had a hand in most of Edmonton's offense, as the NHL's reigning MVP lifted the Oilers to a 4-1 win over the Wild
Center Luke Kunin, left, played in 19 games with the Wild before a season-ending knee injury.

NHL Insider: Kunin determined not to let injury derail his career

Surgery to fix his knee is expected to happen in the coming weeks, but Kunin has already started his recovery.
Wild center Eric Staal (12) celebrated his 37th goal of the season with Jason Zucker, the game-winner in a 5-2 victory at Edmonton.

Wild solves Canucks for first time this season with 5-2 victory

Eric Staal scored his 37th goal; Devan Dubnyk won 30th game.
Wild left wing Zach Parise found himself on the ice in front of Canucks goaltender Anders Nilsson on Friday.

Wild's Zach Parise playing like he did as rising goal-scorer with Devils

Zach Parise is on a point-scoring streak, including a goal Friday night.
Eric Staal received congratulations from the players on the Wild bench after scoring a tying goal against the Red Wings in a recent game.

Staal living kid's dream as high-scoring Wild center

Every kid dreams of playing for the highest stakes. But not everyone grows up to actually have those opportunities in the NHL like Eric Staal.
Wild center Eric Staal celebrated his second period goal, the fourth in the period, with linemate Jason Zucker

Fast and furious: Staal stays hot, Wild sets record in victory over Carolina

Eric Staal scored twice, giving him 36 goals on the season, and the Wild set a team record by scoring four goals in a stretch of 3 minutes, 28 seconds.
Wild defenseman Nick Seeler tangled with Red Wings forward Luke Witkowski on Sunday.

Seeler providing physical presence to Wild lineup

Ever since Nick Seeler was recalled from AHL Iowa on Feb. 11 to make his debut, the 24-year-old hadn't left the lineup until Tuesday against the Hurricanes. He was still sore after his first career fight.
Wild center Luke Kunin, left, took on Gabriel Bourque and the Avalanche on Friday. Two nights later, a knee injury against the Detroit Red Wings ended

What's Plan B? Kunin suffers torn ACL in return to Wild

Prized prospect Luke Kunin had been the poster boy for the Wild's plan to bring up players from the minors to help with its push to and through the post season.
Wild center Eric Staal got congratulations from his teammates after scoring the tying goal in the second period Sunday night at Xcel Energy Center.

Wild is punchy and productive in beating Detroit

A blend of toughness and scoring touch put an end to the Wild's ugly slide.
Wild center Charlie Coyle didn’t shy away from contact with Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist on Sunday, as both took a spill near the boards.

Wild's Coyle having a run of stitches to his face of late

He has been caught by a puck a couple of times, although he says it's part of the game.
Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog, left, celebrates with center Nathan MacKinnon after his goal against the Minnesota Wild in the second

Pep talk can't prevent Wild's lopsided loss to Avalanche

Bruce Boudreau addressed the Wild during an early timeout, but Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon scored twice and racked up five points Friday night against Minnesota.
Wild center Luke Kunin tried to deflect an incoming shot in front of Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price in November.

Kunin returns from AHL to supply spark for Wild

Luke Kunin was the first fresh yet familiar face tabbed to boost the Wild after he was recalled from Iowa.
Arizona Coyotes center Brad Richardson, right, sends the puck just wide of Minnesota Wild goaltender Alex Stalock (32) during the second period of an

Lowly Arizona's four-goal third period snaps Wild's five-game winning streak

The Wild's high-scoring line of Zucker-Staal-Granlund was shut out by the Coyotes, who have the fewest points of any team in the NHL.
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