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's Opening Night Roster

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild player moves, Wild training camp Updated: October 5, 2011 - 2:31 PM

The Wild's 23-man roster was submitted to the NHL this afternoon after goalie Matt Hackett was reassigned to AHL Houston. That means Josh Harding will be part of the opening night festivities, at least in an actual uniform, for the first time in two years.

Harding skated in a tracksuit this morning and could see action in one of those back-to-back games early next week at the Islanders or more likely, fiery Ottawa.

Here's your Wild roster:

Forwards: Mikko Koivu, Devin Setoguchi, Dany Heatley, Guillaume Latendresse, Matt Cullen, Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Darroll Powe, Kyle Brodziak, Cal Clutterbuck, Colton Gillies, Eric Nystrom, Brett Bulmer, Nick Johnson, Brad Staubitz

Defensemen: Marek Zidlicky, Nick Schultz, Greg Zanon, Marco Scandella, Jared Spurgeon, Clayton Stoner, Justin Falk

Goalies: Niklas Backstrom, Josh Harding

IR: Mike Lundin (back spasms, feeling better, says GM Chuck Fletcher), Cody Almond (back, out long-term, says Fletcher), Matt Kassian (broken finger, practicing, but he's a fighter, so Wild will be cautious, and he may be Houston bound ultimately depending on the injury situation here)

Also, if you didn't get to read my Devin Setoguchi feature in Sunday's paper, it's online now. Click this link.

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