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Sarah McLellan

Minnesota Wild and NHL | Reporter
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: Spanish
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, Mclellan is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
Recent content from Sarah McLellan
Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy watches as Wild center Charlie Coyle celebrates the game-winning goal by Mikael Granlund on Saturday.

Finishing kick: Wild showing ability to mount third-period charges

The early-season trend of finishing strong has the Wild encouraged as it pauses for a four-day break in the schedule.
The Wild's Mikael Granlund skates with the puck against the Lightning's Anton Stralman in the third period

Granlund's OT goal gives Wild a home victory over Tampa Bay

Mikael Granlund slung a shot through Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy 3 minutes, 43 seconds into the extra period.
Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau

Boudreau's offensive advice for Wild pays off

"The whole message is shoot pucks and get to the net," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. "If you do that, good things can happen."
The Wild’s Zach Parise pestered Arizona goaltender Darcy Kuemper during the team’s 2-1 home victory on Tuesday.

Yo-yo effect: Wild in the middle of two back-to-backs in one week

The Wild will try to assemble its first win streak during another arduous back-to-back, starting Friday at Dallas against the Stars before returning to Xcel Energy Center to play host to the Lightning on Saturday.
The Wild's Zach Parise, right, dives for the puck as Arizona goalie Darcy Kuemper reaches for it in the second period

Shorthanded Wild beats Arizona (and the odds) behind Staal

Down to 10 forwards with Mikko Koivu away and Matt Hendricks injured, the Wild got a third-period goal from Eric Staal to break a 1-1 tie at the X.
Predators right winger Craig Smith (15) and Ryan Johansen, left, celebrated after Smith scored a goal against Wild goaltender Alex Stalock in the firs

Costly lapses sink Wild against Predators

The power play produced and Alex Stalock's goaltending was solid, but breakdowns and poor decisions sabotaged the Wild's efforts.
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk turned aside 52 of 57 shots against Carolina on Saturday, which were the most given up by the Wild in team history, tied Dubn

Wild's Dubnyk says he's not worried about facing so many shots

Only two goalies had encountered more shots than Dubnyk's 167 entering Monday's games, and only one had posted more saves than Dubnyk's 156.
The Wild's Marcus Foligno was bottled up between the Hurricanes' Curtis McElhinney, left, and Brett Pesce during the first period Saturday.

Wild struggling to produce a strong first period

The Wild has yielded only four goals in the first period, but it's the feel of these periods that has been the problem, with the opposition appearing to dictate the action.
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk made one of his 52 saves Saturday, on a shot by the Hurricanes' Micheal Ferland during the first period.

Despite 52 saves from Devan Dubnyk, Wild falls in OT to Carolina

Wild salvages a point despite Carolina's 57 shots, a record for an opponent.
Jordan Greenway earlier this year.

Wild's Jordan Greenway benefits from move to wing

He remained next to Eric Staal and Jason Zucker to start Saturday's game.
Carolina's Sebastian Aho celebrated his overtime goal, coming on the Hurricanes' 57th shot on goal against the Wild on Saturday.

Wild-Carolina game recap

A quick look at Saturday's game.
The Wild celebrates a last-minute goal in regulation tie the game up and send it overtime.

Last-minute magic: Shorthanded tying goal sets up Zucker's overtime winner

After managing only two goals in two games last week, the Wild used a four-day break in the schedule to tweak the lines and harp on improving its speed.
Wild defenseman Matt Dumba

Dumba's solution for missed shots: keep shooting

Regardless if the opportunities result in goals, Wild defenseman Matt Dumba's outlook is the same: shoot the puck.
Wild winger Marcus Foligno (17) dropped the gloves with Vegas tough guy Ryan Reaves (75) on Saturday night.

Wild's Foligno: 'You feel like you got hit by a truck some nights'

The Wild winger was sidetracked after being socked in the face only three games into his Wild debut last season and suffering a facial fracture.
Vegas' Erik Haula scores the game-winning goal against the Wild's Devan Dubnyk during a shootout on Saturday

Wild's home opener spoiled by shootout loss to Haula, Vegas

Knights didn't dent Dubnyk until 91 seconds remained in regulation.
Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt

Wild's Fehr surprised by former Gopher Schmidt's suspension

Nate Schmidt was suspended 20 games for violating the NHL's performance-enhancing drug policy. "You just gotta be extra careful," said Eric Fehr, a teammate of Schmidt's in Washington.
The Wild’s leaders, from left Ryan Suter, Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise, know that the team had to have a better season or the core group of players c

Is this the last chance for Wild's veterans to get it right?

After six seasons of making the playoffs and not advancing far, the Wild has a new goal in 2018-19: Do better to keep the core of the team together.
As Paul Fenton tries to build a winner, the first-year Wild general manager does so with the same passion he found for the game of hockey when he disc

Wild GM Fenton has step-by-step building process

On the brink of Thursday's season opener in Colorado, Gm Paul Fenton is excited. But he's also preparing to keep a level-headed, long-term view of the process
Forward Matt Hendricks, who signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Wild in July, has stood out in preseason play for his work ethic on the ice.

Hendricks makes Wild roster -- and an impression

After making a solid impression the past few weeks, the 37-year-old Blaine native has a chance to be among the Wild players who skate Thursday in the season opener at Colorado.
Wild right wing Matt Read, who went body to body with Blues center Ivan Barbashev in a preseason game Sept. 19, has cleared waivers but could wind up

Wild trims roster, more moves coming by Tuesday

The Wild is getting closer to finalizing its opening-night look — especially after forwards Matt Read, Kyle Rau and Mike Liambas, defenseman Matt Bartkowski and goalie Andrew Hammond cleared waivers Sunday.
Defenseman Gustav Olofsson still has his sights on making the team, even after being injured in the first preseason game.

Wild's Olofsson optimistic despite missing most of preseason

Just days into his audition at training camp for a depth spot on defense, Gustav Olofsson suffered a shoulder injury.
This photo of NHL greats is only missing Wayne Gretzky’s signature..

Boudreau's mementos tell the story of a rich hockey life

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau has plenty of hockey memories and counts his blessings – but what he wouldn't do for a Stanley Cup.
Jared Spurgeon scored the winning goal Wednesday night as the Wild defeated the Jets 4-3 at Xcel Energy Center.

Wild's different look on defense includes Suter-Dumba pairing

With the regular season a week away, the team seems likely to match Jonas Brodin and Jared Spurgeon on the second pair.
Ryan Suter tracked the play from in front of Devan Dubnyk on Wednesday night.

'Sick of practicing,' Suter logs 21 minutes in return to the ice

Wild defenseman Ryan Suter said his right ankle (he broke his talus and the outside of his right fibula after he was hit into the boards March 31) has responded better than he imagined.
Right wing Matt Read, shown at left colliding with Blues center Ivan Barbashev, has a versatility that could come in handy for the Wild.

Veteran forward Read seeks to show Wild he belongs

A former standout at Bemidji State, Matt Read is staying in his adopted home of Minnesota
Charlie Coyle, seen here last January, scored three times Saturday night in a preseason game vs. Colorado.

Coyle's hat trick highlights Wild's 7-0 preseason shutout over Avs

In preseason Game No. 4 the Wild finally fielded a near-complete lineup at home, and it paid off handsomely as Charlie Coyle scored three times.
Zach Parise tracked the puck during Thursday’s 3-1 loss to the Dallas Stars, a game in which he scored the Wild’s lone goal. After he returned fro

Wild's Parise back on the ice, healthy and up to speed

Zach Parise's "rough" road back from injury appears to be nearing its end. "I feel great about where my game is at," he said.
Mikael Granlund of the Wild got tangled with St. Louis winger Jaden Schwartz (17) during Wednesday’s game in Des Moines.

Granlund could get point spot on Wild power play

Placing Granlund in a quarterback-style role instead of at the net would undoubtedly give the Wild a fresh dynamic.
Nino Niederreiter skated just for show at Wild media day, but he said he’s back to full strength.

Offseason competition helped Wild's Niederreiter

Wild winger Nino Niederreiter represented his native Switzerland at the IIHF World Championship in May. "That definitely helped gain some confidence again," he said.
Boston University standout Jordan Greenway, center, “doesn’t even know how good he is,” says forward Charlie Coyle, left. “Once he learns that

Wild's Greenway, 'biggest guy on the ice,' seeks to build confidence

In his second season with Wild, Jordan Greenway seeks to find his way.
Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter

'Tough, but I made it': Suter on the ice as Wild opens camp

Less than six months after a severe ankle injury, defenseman Ryan Suter has been given the green light for full participation with the Wild.
Paul Fenton was introduced as the Minnesota Wild's general manager and alternate governor in May.

Fenton's presence at Wild training camp changes vibe

"It's like a new principal or a new teacher coming into town," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said of new GM Paul Fenton on the eve of the team opening training camp.
Flyers right winger Matt Read tossed a puck during outdoor practice at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Feb. 24, 2017.

Wild signs former Bemidji State star Matt Read

In seven seasons with the Flyers, 32-year-old winger Matt Read had 87 goals and 100 assists.
Jason Zucker

Jason Zucker's five-year deal caps Wild's summer makeover

Signing Zucker and Matt Dumba to five-year contracts combined with bringing in five lower-profile free agents appears to have set the Wild's roster for 2018-19.
Wild goalie Alex Stalock knows Andrew Hammond’s arrival might cost Stalock his job but is not bothered by the challenge. “I think it’s awesome,�

Bring it: Stalock welcomes challenge for Wild's back-up goalie spot

Alex Stalock finished last season as the Wild's backup goalie. But he'll battle with recently signed Andrew Hammond for the No. 2 spot behind Devan Dubnyk.
Former third-round draft pick Ivan Lodnia has grown, from hitting the ice the first time as a 1-year-old in California to taking part in the Wild’s

Ivan Lodnia, an NHL hopeful since age 5, shows Wild his progress

Ivan Lodnia's audition at Wild camp is part of his journey to live an NHL dream that began before he started school.
Dmitry Sokolov

Wild prospect Dmitry Sokolov has a knack for the net

The Russian was fifth in the Ontario Hockey League last season with 96 points.
Jason Zucker

Wild's Zucker responds to trade talk: 'I want to be here'

Despite being unsigned and mired in trade speculation, restricted free agent Jason Zucker continues to actively be involved with the Wild — a decision that underscores his desire to remain with the organization.
Matt Hendricks worked around San Jose’s Joe Pavelski while playing for Winnipeg last season.

Hendricks comes home to play for Wild

Forward Matt Hendricks will likely fill a limited role with the Wild, but brings a veteran presence to the dressing room.
To keep getting an NHL paycheck, Minnesota native and new Wild player J.T. Brown “made sure that I did what I had to do.”

New Wild player J.T. Brown knows who he is and who he isn't

The free-agent signee is a survivor in the NHL.
Jason Zucker and Matt Dumba

Zucker, Dumba file for salary arbitration with Wild

The two can continue to negotiate with the Wild but, with a hearing set to be scheduled in Toronto between July 20 and Aug. 4, an arbitrator could issue a ruling if a deal isn't agreed upon beforehand.
Greg Pateryn was a regular defenseman for the Dallas Stars last season.

Boudreau likes players Wild targeted in free agency

The team didn't make a big splash, settling instead for role players with size.
July 9, 2012, was a landmark day in Wild history, when owner Craig Leipold introduced his two free-agent catches: Ryan Suter and Zach Parise.

Six years later, Wild still banking on returns with Zach Parise, Ryan Suter

It felt like Christmas in July in the summer of 2012 when the Wild revealed the two signings that would change the franchise's direction.
The Wild's Jason Zucker, right, celebrated his goal against the Blackhawks with teammate Matt Dumba last October in Chicago.

Free agent news: Dumba, Zucker get qualifying offers from Wild

Extending a qualifying offer allows the Wild to retain the player's negotiation rights as they enter the free-agent market.
Wild players (left to right) Charlie Coyle, Jason Zucker and Nino Niederreiter are among some of the most likely to be traded as the team explores its

Wild stockpiles draft picks but swings no roster-changing deal

The Wild left the NHL draft the same way it arrived in Dallas: with no changes to the roster.
Wild draft picks (from top left to right, then bottom left to right): Filip Johansson, Jack McBain, Alexander Khovanov,Connor Dewar, Simon Johansson,

Get to know the eight players the Wild selected in the NHL draft

Details on the Wild's draft picks, with comments by Brent Flahr, Wild senior vice president of hockey operations.
Wild third-round pick Jack McBain and Wild GM Paul Fenton

Third-rounder McBain tops Wild's haul of centermen in the draft

Of the Wild's eight selections, five were centers, with Jack McBain headlining the pack. McBain racked up 58 points, including 21 goals, in 48 games last season with Toronto in the Ontario Junior Hockey League.
Filip Johansson, of Sweden, puts on a jersey after being selected by the Minnesota Wild during the NHL draft in Dallas

Wild takes 'smart' Swedish defenseman Johansson with 24th pick

Filip Johannson, an 18-year-old defensemen, was not considered a first rounder in many projections, but Wild GM Paul Fenton liked his hockey smarts.
K’Andre Miller

Miller is first Minnesotan taken, 22nd overall by Rangers

K'Andre Miller, who is from Hopkins and skated for Minnetonka, played for the U.S. National Development Program's under-18 team last year. He has signed with the University of Wisconsin.
Paul Fenton has been on the job as GM with the Wild for just a month.

Wild GM Fenton taking patient approach on making moves

It wouldn't make sense for the Wild to return the same lineup after cutting ties with Chuck Fletcher. A significant revision aimed at helping the team achieve staying power in the playoffs feels logical, but it will be gradual.
Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold and new GM Paul Fenton enter this weekend's NHL draft with eight selections.

Wild preparing for heftiest draft haul in several years

After lacking a first-rounder in 2017 amid its six picks and selecting only four players in 2016, the Wild is looking forward to having eight picks to work with in this weekend's NHL draft.
Blake McLaughlin of Grand Rapids is one of the top Minnesotans in the NHL draft

NHL draft prospect McLaughlin demonstrates power of family

Blake McLaughlin's story is part pro hockey dream, part real-life "Brady Bunch" and fully ready to play out later this week in the NHL draft.
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

New Wild GM 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.
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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.
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