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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Sources: Jonas Brodin on his way to Minnesota to join Wild

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild news, Wild player moves Updated: January 24, 2013 - 8:32 AM

After only one game back in Houston's lineup, defenseman Jonas Brodin is on his way to Minnesota, multiple sources tell me this morning. The 2011 first-round pick who helped lead Sweden to last year's gold at the world junior championships should be here in time for this morning's practice.

Appears my gut feel on yesterday's blog was accurate.

While it's still uncertain that Brodin will make his NHL debut Friday in Detroit (depends on Jared Spurgeon's health or if the Wild would scratch one of its healthy D for him), I just got this sense that the Wild felt Brodin was so close in training camp that he only needed the one trial test in the minors before coming here officially.

Brodin, 19, broke his clavicle on Nov. 2 when nailed late in the game in Oklahoma City by Taylor Hall. He subsequently underwent surgery. Last night was his first game back for the Aeros -- a victory.

I watched the game on a very blurry AHL Live and he was his typical mobile self, patient, moved the puck well, etc.

The big question now: what does this mean for Matt Dumba? Is he returned to Red Deer of the Western Hockey League today or does he come on the two-game road trip to Detroit and St. Louis to provide depth in case of injury.

My guess is the Wild makes that decision after practice today. It would first have to be sure Spurgeon is OK.

Marco Scandella may return to Houston's lineup tomorrow in Grand Rapids. He hasn't played since Dec. 20 because of a groin injury. He is next on the depth chart.


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