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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No suspension for Tanguay; Backstrom, Kassian stay home

Posted by: Kent Youngblood under Wild news Updated: March 23, 2012 - 5:27 PM

 Greetings for a final time today. Here are a few late-afternoon updates.

--First, the Jared Spurgeon situation. This morning Wild coach Mike Yeo called the elbow Alex Tanguay put on Spurgeon -- resulting in Spurgeon sustaining a concussion -- was a dirty one. Apparently the league doesn't agree, as Mr. Russo just got an e-mail back from the league saying Tanguay would not be subject to any further action for the hit.

--Second, goaltender Nik Backstrom (lower body) did not make the trip to Buffalo, meaning Matt Hackett will be an emergency call-up to provice a backup to starting goalie Josh Harding.

--Forward Matt Kassian (groin) also did not make the trip to Buffalo. 

 

That's about it. Have a good day.

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