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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
Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk reacts after a Toronto goal during the second period on Tuesday

Eager to get out of rut, Wild players say losing slide can't continue

At 1-6, the Wild believes it can stage a turnaround and avoid a season-long spiral — a fate it could start to distance itself from beginning Sunday when the team hosts the Canadiens.
Montreal Canadiens' Nick Suzuki, left, scores past Wild goaltender Alex Stalock during first-period action.

Wild's dreadful, discouraging start continues with 4-0 loss to Canadiens

Jason Zucker.didn't hold back about the loss after the team held a players-only meeting. "Bruce [Boudreau] has got to be better. We've got to be better. Everybody's got to be better. That's it."
Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk reacts after a Toronto goal during the second period Tuesday.

Wild's Dubnyk surprised, disappointed by his 0-5 start

What gives Devan Dubnyk confidence that he'll rebound is he hasn't felt off in any of his starts. But that's also what's making him frustrated.
The Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews, right, scored on Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk during Toronto’s four-goal second period Tuesday.

Brutal second period sends Wild to fifth loss in six games

Lapses by the Wild this season have come in spurt during the first weeks of the NHL season, and Tuesday night's led to a 4-2 loss at Toronto during which an early lead didn't hold up.
Kevin Fiala (22) celebrated after scoring a preseason goal on Sept. 29 at Xcel Energy Center.

Wild's Fiala a healthy scratch in Toronto

Kevin Fiala was hyped as someone who could add a dynamic presence to the Wild's top-six forward group when he was brought in at the trade deadline in February in exchange for forward Mikael Granlund, who went to the Predators to complete the swap.
Wild goaltender Alex Stalock and Marcus Foligno celebrated after Stalock made 26 saves in defeating the Ottawa Senators 2-0 on Monday, earning the Wil

Wild doesn't care that first victory of season wasn't a pretty one

The Wild didn't earn any style points for rousing out of a sleepy stalemate to defeat Ottawa, another struggling team, 2-0 on a pair of third-period goals.
Wild goaltender Alex Stalock and Marcus Foligno celebrated after Stalock made 26 saves in defeating the Ottawa Senators 2-0 on Monday, earning the Wil

Stalock wanders a little, stops a lot in Wild victory

The backup goalie posted his sixth career shutout in the team's first win of the season.
Penguins center Zach Aston-Reese (46) celebrated a second-period goal by teammate Adam Johnson (not pictured) in a 7-4 victory over the Wild at Xcel E

Wild drops to 0-4 after loss to Penguins in home opener

This was the first home opener the Wild dropped in regulation in franchise history after going 14-0-4.
Will General Manager Bill Guerin

Wild faces GM Guerin's old employer in home opener

Only a few players remain from the 2009 championship squad that Bill Guerin was on with the Penguins — captain Sidney Crosby, center Evgeni Malkin and defenseman Kris Letang.
Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine celebrated his goal as Wild defenseman Matt Dumba skates by him during the second period.

Third-period collapse sinks Wild as weak, winless start continues

Winnipeg broke a 2-2 tie with two goals less than a half-minute apart in the third period as the Wild dropped its first three games in regulation for the first time in franchise history.
Jets forward Jack Roslovic (28) got in front of Wild defenseman Brad Hunt’s stickcheck during a preseason game Sept. 29 at Xcel Energy Center.

Wild's Hunt still living his 'dream' and passing on message to others

Playing in Minnesota has veteran defenseman Brad Hunt feeling content with his hockey career.
Wild center Eric Staal (12) searched for the puck as Avalanche goalie Philipp Grubauer defended Saturday in Denver.

Wild uses four days between games for maintenance, tinkering

Eric Staal is sitting out to heal, and Ryan Donato is skating with the fourth line.
An established playmaker, the passing ability of Mats Zuccarello, left, was regarded as an intriguing and much-needed skill set — especially for a s

Wild's Zuccarello frustrated by slow offensive start

New Wild forward Mats Zuccarello has yet to register a point after two games.
Matt Dumba celebrated with teammates after his power play shot was deflected in for a goal by teammate Zach Parise on Saturday night in Colorado.

Wild starts slowly, but Dumba is quick out of the gate

Wild defenseman Matt Dumba, who missed 50 games last season, has shown razor-sharp precision in his return to the lineup — an accuracy that's helping buoy the Wild's lukewarm offense amid an 0-2 debut.
Wild center Mikko Koivu pounds Avalanche defenseman Conor Timmins into the boards during the first period

'Two goals is not enough': Avalanche sinks slow-starting Wild to 0-2

Ryan Suter and Zach Parise scored but the Wild offense struggled again in the early going.
Devan Dubnyk catches camera's eye with flashy save

Devan Dubnyk catches camera's eye with flashy save

The Wild goalie caused a stir when he stopped former teammate Mikael Granlund in Thursday's opener.
After one unproductive game, veteran left wing Zach Parise, above, was moved to the Wild’s second unit as coach Bruce Boudreau looks for an early sp

Boudreau breaks up Wild's top line after only one game

After just one regular-season game together, one which the trio went a combined minus-9 and managed just one shot, the top line of wingers Zach Parise and Mats Zuccarello and center Eric Staal was dismantled.
Wild defenseman Matt Dumba reaches for the puck in front of Nashville left wing Filip Forsberg during the third period

Fresh start yields stale result: Wild struggles to score in opening loss

The Wild on Thursday scored twice in 43 seconds to take the lead in the second period, but that was largely the extent of its offensive threat. Nashville scored four times in the third and won 5-2.
Ryan Hartman of the Wild.

Ryan Hartman back in Nashville, but this time with the Wild

Ryan Hartman switched teams three times least season. After beginning with the Predators, he was moved to the Flyers. In late June, the Flyers traded Hartman to the Stars but ultimately wound up with the Wild.
Wild defenseman Matt Dumba stood for a portrait at Leviticus Tattoo and Body Piercing in Minneapolis

Ink tells the story of Wild defenseman Matt Dumba

Matt Dumba's tattoos chronicle the Wild defenseman's life journey so far - where he's from, where he is now and where he hopes to be going. "I just want [to be a] champion," he said.
Wild General Manager Bill Guerin

Hockey's grip on Wild's Guerin? 'I don't think I can ever be without it.'

While he misses the competitiveness of playing, new Wild general manager Bill Guerin gets that same feeling when he's hammering out a trade or pursuing a free agent.
Josh Morrissey of the Jets stuffed the puck past Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk for the game-winning goal in overtime Sunday.

Wild falls to Jets 5-4 in OT; Leipold optimistic as NHL opener nears

Wild owner Craig Leipold is open to pivoting to a more patient strategy if the payoff is worth it.
Jason Zucker.

Wild's Zucker embraces busy preseason

Jason Zucker is piling up minutes as he seeks to improve over last season.
Minnesota Wild forward Victor Rask

Rask currently not among Wild's top 12 forwards

Victor Rask, a center obtained last season in a trade for Nino Niederrreiter, was an extra forward in Friday's practice. "This is where you become mentally strong," coach Bruce Boudreau said.
Louie Belpedio (47) of the Wild tried to pressure Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog on Sunday as goalie Alex Stalock defended.

As Wild roster cuts near, Belpedio and Mayhew make an impression

An injury to defenseman Greg Pateryn has opened the door, but time is running out to make an impression at training camp.
The Wild's Mikko Koivu participated in a team golf outing in Colorado earlier this week.

Bonding sans blades: Golf is offseason sport of choice for Wild

Before getting back on the ice Tuesday for a practice at the Eagle Pool & Ice Rink outside Vail, Colo., coaches and staff members spent Monday in a four-person scramble that was treated like a tournament.
Adam Mascherin's pass is blocked by the Wild's Ryan Donato during a preseason game.

Donato moves from center to left wing as Wild juggles lines

Ryan Donato's audition at center seems to be over. He's shifted to left wing alongside center Mikko Koivu and right winger Ryan Hartman.
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk got some work in on the first day of practice Sept. 13 at TRIA Rink. The team has relocated to Vail for the week.

Wild hopes to get more from Dubnyk by giving goalie less work

Devan Dubnyk started more games than any goaltender in the NHL last season, and the Wild would like to trim hundreds of minutes off his playing time in 2019-20.
Wild goalie Alex Stalock was hoping for a busy night to help him get sharp for the regular season and got it, making 34 saves against Colorado.

Stalock gets valuable work in Wild's shootout loss at Colorado

Goaltender Alex Stalock was busy, sprawling out for saves, pawing pucks with his glove and funneling passes to teammates.He needed the work.
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk sized up a scoring try by Colorado’s A.J. Greer during the first period. It was Dubnyk’s first preseason action.

Wild defeats Colorado 4-3 in exhibition game

Kevin Fiala made a brief appearance at the X before he and the rest of the team heads to Colorado.
Minnesota Wild players show off their different styles on photo day in St. Paul.

Vanity, thy name is photo day. Wild players take mug shots seriously

NHL players' faces can be tough to discern. But their mugs, with or without teeth, are front and center when it's time to take their official head shot for the season on the first day of training camp.
The Stars' Justin Dowling shot the puck past Wild goalie Alex Stalock for the game-winning goal in Dallas' 2-1 overtime victory Tuesday night in prese

'Pretty decent game.' Wild sees things to like in OT loss to Dallas

The Wild's Ryan Hartman finished an assist shy of a Gordie Howe hat trick, picking up a goal and also flexing his physical side by dropping the gloves for a second-period fight.
Wild forward Matts Zuccarello, playing against Dallas in an exhibition game Tuesday, likes to pass more than shoot.

Wild's Zuccarello exceeded boyhood dreams by reaching NHL

It wasn't until after he accomplished his goal of starring in Sweden that the NHL became a reality for Zuccarello, who grew up in Oslo.
Captain Mikko Koivu practiced with the Wild on Monday for the first time since injuring a knee in February.

Wild's Koivu scrimmages, could play as soon as this weekend

The captain -- who has scored 201 goals and assisted on 487 in 14 years with the Wild -- took the next step in his recovery from a February knee injury Monday.
Ryan Donato listened to Wild coach Bruce Boudreau during practice Friday.

Wild's Donato an early center of attention in camp

Ryan Donato, acquired in a trade from Boston last season, will get a look in the middle as the Wild quickly gets ready for its first preseason game.
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau talked to players as practice start Friday at Tria Rink in St. Paul.

Dumba looks up to speed in Wild's first practice

It wasn't until last month that Wild defenseman Matt Dumba finally felt back to normal after tearing his pectoral muscle in a fight last December. Friday, he finally got to show his stuff.
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk waited while team photographer Bruce Kluckhohn adjusted his lighting equipment Thursday at Tria ice rink.

Fiala, Dumba, Koivu … and other training camp questions for the Wild

On the heels of a disappointing non-playoff finish, getting back to a familiar setting was a source of encouragement for the Wild, who have many questions to answer as training camp begins.

With 69 players in camp, Wild could make early roster cuts

With 13 of the first 18 games of the regular season on the road, a potentially make-or-break slate, the Wild is planning to make cuts sooner so players tasked with tackling that stretch can prepare together.
Wild winger Jordan Greenway's rookie year started out slowly but after a quick detour to the minors to rebuild his confidence, he began to produce and

After nearly 100 games last season, Wild's Greenway eager for more

Winger Jordan Greenway and the rest of the Wild open training camp Thursday at the TRIA rink in St. Paul.
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau

Wild's Boudreau at the fair: 'I think we're going to surprise a lot of teams'

Bruce Boudreau stopped by the Star Tribune Stage at the Minnesota State Fair on Tuesday and expressed optimism for the upcoming season despite the Wild coming off its first playoff miss in seven years.
Joel Eriksson Ek

Eriksson Ek signs new two-year deal with Wild

Restricted free agent Joel Eriksson Ek signed a two-year, $2.975 million contract with the Wild on Wednesday.
Bill Guerin addressed the media in 2013 before his induction into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in Detroit.

Wild tabs 'passionate' Guerin as new general manager

Bill Guerin, 48, spent the past eight years with the Penguins — three as player development coach, beginning in 2011, and the past five as assistant to general manager Jim Rutherford.
Ron Hextall

Wild gets permission to interview Hextall for GM post

In a twist, Ron Hextall was fired last season by the Flyers, who then hired former Wild GM Chuck Fletcher.
Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold announced Tuesday the team was parting ways with General Manager Paul Fenton.

'This is on me.' Leipold fires GM Fenton, blames himself for bad hire

Fourteen months after he was brought on, Paul Fenton was fired by Craig Leipold. "It was a realization that our organization was a little different than what Paul was fitting into."
Winger Ryan Donato, left, received a two-year contract from the Wild worth $3.8 million, while center Nico Sturm, right, and Carson Soucy got two-way

Minnesota Wild takes care of three of its restricted free agents: Ryan Donato, Nico Sturm and Carson Soucy

Wild must still sign likes of Eriksson Ek and Fiala.
Mats Zuccarello

Zuccarello: Wild was a team that 'wanted me the most'

A self-described "hockey nerd" new Wild forward Mats Zuccarello made it clear he felt coveted — a message the team was able to convey during the interview period leading up to the start of NHL free agency.
Ryan Hartman, know as a gritty agitator, spent the final weeks of last season with the Flyers following a trade, then was dealt to Dallas before signi

Hartman goes from Flyers to Stars to Wild in matter of days

The Wild see Hartman as someone who is hard to play against, can make life difficult on the opponent and skates as an agitator with the ability to draw penalties and swing momentum.
Mats Zuccarello celebrated a goal against the Blues on May 7.

Wild adds Zuccarello, Hartman in free agency

The well-traveled right wingers have combined for 756 NHL games.
Joe Pavelski

Wild could be in the free agency mix for Pavelski

The San Jose captain and proven scorer is likely to leave the Sharks for greener pastures.
Zach Parise (11) celebrated a late season goal at Xcel Energy Center.

Wild's schedule announced, season opens with three-game road trip

The Wild plays three games on the road before its home opener against Pittsburgh and then goes back on the road for three more games.
Marshall Warren, left, and Matt Boldy were constant companions at the Wild’s development camp Tuesday.

Buddy system: Prospects Boldy, Warren help each other on, off the ice

After meeting for the first time when they were eight years old, Matt Boldy and Marshall Warren have been teammates for years. forging a bond that goes well beyond the ice.
Filip Johansson

Johansson hopes to live up to billing as Wild's top 2018 draft pick

Defenseman Filip Johansson is aware of the pressure he inherited once he became the Wild's first-round draft pick in 2018.
Matt Hendricks played in 607 NHL games with Colorado, Washington, Nashville, Edmonton, Winnipeg and the Wild.

Decade-plus as NHL player prepared Hendricks for new role with Wild

Matt Hendricks joined the Wild as its assistant director of player development earlier this week — a role that enables him to stay connected to the game he loves while being home with his family.
Joel Eriksson Ek was among the restricted free agent forwards who secured qualifying offers from the Wild.

Aberg cut loose as Wild makes qualifying offers to seven players

Left winger Pontus Aberg, acquired from Anaheim in a midseason trade, was let go, along with three minor leaguers. Restricted free agents retained by the team include Joel Eriksson Ek, Ryan Donato and Kevin Fiala.
Brad Hunt (77) of the Wild battled Blues winger Vince Dunn during a Feb. 17 game at Xcel Energy Center.

Wild re-signs defenseman Hunt for two years, $1.4 million

The former Bemidji State standout was picked up from Vegas during last season.
The Wild selected Hunter Jones during the second round of the NHL draft at Rogers Arena in Vancouver

Wild's draft picks unlikely to be factors in short-term rebuild

After adding winger Matt Boldy in the first round Friday, the Wild made seven selections Saturday — mostly forwards who the team believes can pivot between center and wing. But goaltending was also a focus.
Los Angeles Kings pick Alex Turcotte poses during the first round of the NHL draft at Rogers Arena in Vancouver

Boldy one of eight USNDT players taken in first round of NHL draft

"Everyone has worked so hard for this moment," Wild pick Matt Boldy said. "So we don't really have that jealousy for each other. You're more so just happy for each other."
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau, left, and General Manager Paul Fenton will have eight draft picks when the first round of the NHL draft kicks off Friday at

Wild is looking for a major piece of a major rebuild in this draft

At No. 12, the Wild is scheduled to make its highest pick since it drafted defenseman Matt Dumba seventh overall in 2012 and has eight picks overall.
The Wild's Jason Zucker posed on the red carpet before the NHL Awards on Wednesday in his hometown of Las Vegas.

Zucker accepts NHL award while continuing to deal with trade rumors

Jason Zucker accepted the King Clancy Award, which honors leadership on and off the ice, as a member of a Wild. But how much longer will he be part of the team?
Paul Fenton is excited about having eight picks in next week’s draft.

Wild GM Fenton seems aimed at long-term, rather than quick fix

Our North Score Sunday debate looks at what the Wild needs to do now that the NHL offseason has officially arrived.
Jared Spurgeon, holding son Jayce, spoke to reporters on April 9 after the Wild season ended.

GM Fenton wants to sign Spurgeon, not trade him

Jared Spurgeon, 29, is entering the final year of a four-year, $20.75 million contract. GM Paul Fenton talked about the defenseman's future in the context of next week's NHL draft.
Nino Niederreiter and Charlie Coyle during their time with the Wild. Both were traded this season.

Wild reunion: Coyle, Niederreiter primed to battle for Stanley Cup berth

The former Wild teammates are on opposite sides in the best-of-seven series between Boston and Carolina that guarantees one of them plays for the Stanley Cup.
Jason Zucker

Wild winger Zucker is King Clancy Award finalist

Jason Zucker was also a finalist last season, when the award was shared by Vancouver's Sedin twins. It's given for "leadership qualities on and off the ice and significant humanitarian contribution to his community."
Jordan Greenway

NHL rookie line helped Iowa Wild reach AHL playoffs for first time

The arrival of Ryan Donato, Jordan Greenway and Luke Kunin to the Iowa Wild after the Minnesota Wild's season was over led to the AHL team's late surge.
Zach Parise spoke to reporters Tuesday as Wild players clean out their lockers. Parise led the Wild with 28 goals despite missing eight games.

Wild's scoring leaders dropped off but vow to 'come back ready to go'

Jason Zucker, Eric Staal and Zach Parise hope to improve their outputs next season after missing the playoffs in 2019.
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau and General Manager Paul Fenton appeared at a season ending news conference Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center.

Boudreau gets vote of confidence; Parise finished year with broken foot

The Wild missed the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons, and players were realistic as they cleaned out their lockers. "We've got a lot of work to do," said winger Zach Parise.
Injuries to captain Mikko Koivu, left, and defenseman Matt Dumba, right, highlighted the Wild's scoring issues.

Wild will retool on fly when Koivu, Dumba return

After being shut out 11 times, the team must figure out a way to score more goals.
Andrew Brunette

Wild dismiss Brunette from player personnel job

Andrew Brunette, director of player personnel for the Wild, was an assistant general manager under GM Chuck Fletcher before Fletcher lost his job a year ago.
Paul Fenton

Wild a long shot to move up from 11th NHL lottery spot

After finishing with 83 points, 11th among the clubs in the lottery, the Wild has a 3 percent chance of landing the top pick.
Wild winger J.T. Brown

Wild's Brown arrested on suspicion of public intoxication

J.T. Brown appeared in 56 games for the Wild, scoring three goals. He was arrested early Saturday in Dallas on suspicion of public intoxication, according to police documents.
Defenseman Nick Seeler (36) and goaltender Alex Stalock watched time expire in a loss last week to Arizona, another bit of failure that soon added up

Wild's late collapse was neither sudden nor without warning

Injuries, trades and a frustrating lack of scoring were harbingers of a slide that left the Wild out of the postseason for the first time in seven years.
Said defenseman Ryan Suter, left, of this season for the Wild: “We have to change something, because what we have is not working.”

More change is a given for Wild: 'What we have is not working.'

The Wild could have more than $18 million in space to utilize during this longer-than-usual offseason that begins this week with no playoffs.
Dallas goaltender Ben Bishop and center Jason Dickinson defend as Wild center Nico Sturm shoots in the second period

Wild's season ends with back-to-back shutouts, losing 3-0 at Dallas

Stars goalie Ben Bishop turned aside all 22 shots he faced from a Wild team that ended the season on a goal drought of nearly 125 minutes.
Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk

Dubnyk sits out finale but is up for another big workload

Devan Dubnyk started seven more games than he did last season, and his 67 appearances tied his career high — a workload that Dubnyk had no problem handling.
Charlie Coyle worked the puck against the Wild's Brad Hunt on Thursday.

After trade from Wild, Coyle adjusts to diverse role with Bruins

Charlie Coyle was back at Xcel Energy Center on Thursday with the Bruins, his 20th game since the trade — a span in which Boston has utilized the versatility that headlined Coyle's skills while with the Wild.