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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Should Wild mix up the lines? Wild/NHL superstar jersey auction to benefit cancer research

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild practice Updated: October 18, 2010 - 8:49 AM

Good morning everybody. Just about to head out to practice. Actually going to meet with former ref Kerry Fraser first at a St. Paul coffee shop to talk about his new book, "The Final Call." He'll be at tomorrow's game against Vancouver, where he'll be signing the book inside the Hockey Lodge. He'll also be at Tom Reid's Hockey City Pub signing the book after the game.

Canucks come to town later this afternoon after a 5-1 win over Carolina last night. Alain Vigneault shuffled his lines, and they seemed to work. I'm interested to see if Todd Richards will try the same thing.

The third line has been a bit of a mess. Eric Nystrom's been on for all six even-strength goals and 7 of 10 overall this year. John Madden and Chuck Kobasew have been on for five even-strength each.

It seems like something at least has to change with that line, which has all the makings of a good defensive line.

I'll be back on here after practice, but if you missed it during the Wild broadcast on Thursday night, Fox Sports North is doing an online autographed NHL jersey auction to raise money for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation to support cancer research.

Throughout October, Fox Sports North will give you a chance to bid on some great autographed Wild and NHL superstar jerseys.

Any winning bid on a jersey is for charity and tax deductible.

To bid click on the NHL jersey auction link at foxsportsnorth.com.

 

Here is the list of jerseys:

Currently up for bid:

Auction runs Oct. 14 7:30pm ET– Oct. 18 11:59pm ET

Matt Cullen – Minnesota Wild (Autographed NHL authentic Jersey)


Jonathan Toews – Chicago Blackhawks (Autographed NHL replica Jersey)

 

Rick Nash – Columbus Blue Jackets (Autographed NHL replica Jersey


 

Tuesday Oct. 19 Vancouver vs Minnesota

Auction runs Oct. 19 8:30pm ET – Oct. 20 11:59pm ET

Cal Clutterbuck – Minnesota Wild (Autographed NHL authentic Jersey)

 

Henrik. Sedin – Vancouver Canucks (Autographed NHL replica Jersey)

Thursday Oct. 21 Minnesota at Edmonton

Auction runs Oct. 21 9:00pm ET– Oct. 27 11:59pm ET

Guillaume Latendresse – Minnesota Wild (Autographed NHL authentic Jersey)

 

Jarome Iginla – Calgary Flames (Autographed NHL replica Jersey)

 

Henrik Zetterberg – Detroit Red Wings (Autographed NHL replica Jersey)

Thursday Oct. 28 Washington vs Minnesota

Auction runs Oct. 28 7:30pm ET – Oct. 31 11:59pm ET

Mikko Koivu – Minnesota Wild (Autographed NHL authentic Jersey)

 

Alex Ovechkin – Washington Capitals (Autographed NHL replica Jersey)

 

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