Michael Russo has covered the National Hockey League since 1995. He has covered the Minnesota Wild for the Star Tribune since 2005, after 10 years of covering the Florida Panthers for the Sun-Sentinel. He uses “Russo’s Rants” to feed a wide-ranging hockey-centric discussion with readers, and can be heard weekly on KFAN (100.3 FM) radio and seen weekly on Fox Sports North.

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Wild signs veteran center John Madden

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild news, Wild off-season news, Wild player moves Updated: August 6, 2010 - 3:18 PM

Update on Madden signing

1. 1-year, $1 million with a chance to make $250,000 in games played/playoff bonuses. $1.25 million cap hit. This is the first 35-and-older bonus-laden contract in Wild history.

2. Correx on below. Madden was a Selke finalist three times, not two.

3. I had a long interview with Chuck Fletcher on a variety of subjects -- Madden, Modano, how this affects Sheppard/Wellman and really everybody as far as internal competition, Bouchard, the eventual hiring of assistant coach Rick Wilson and the state of the team as a whole. Give me an hour or more to transcribe, and then you'll have some good reading ahead of you on startribune.com/russo.

 

In a bombshell just by the nature of unexpected, the Wild signed veteran center John Madden to a one-year deal today. Off the top of my head, because I'm not home right now, Madden is a 3-time Cup winner with the Devils and most recently Blackhawks. He's won at least one Selke and I think was runner-up twice. This obviously makes it much more difficult for Casey Wellman now, but in my opinion is a much better fit than Mike Modano. Madden is a warrior, penalty killer and defensive forward who's long played the checking role. I just didn't buy that it would be easy to transition Modano to the fourth line. Madden is vacationing in Hawaii now. More later.

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