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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Matt Kassian traded to Ottawa Senators for draft pick

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild news, Wild player moves Updated: March 12, 2013 - 5:14 PM

The Wild traded tough winger Matt Kassian to the Ottawa Senators Tuesday afternoon for a 2014 sixth-round pick.

Kassian, 26, a 2005 second-round pick who was signed to his first one-way contract last summer, scored two goals and amassed 67 penalty minutes in 26 games over parts of two seasons. He was scratched in every game this season before being placed on waivers Feb. 12. and eventually reassigned to Houston, so this gives him a chance to play.

I emailed with Senators GM Bryan Murray and Kassian will report directly to Ottawa.

Here is a feature I wrote on Kassian last year for all you Senators fans.

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