Michael Russo | Star Tribune
Reporter | Wild, NHL

Michael Russo has covered the NHL since 1995 and the Minnesota Wild for the Star Tribune since 2005.


'Bored' Boudreau still frustrated by Wild's playoff collapse

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau still believes the Wild is a legit Stanley Cup contender, all the more because he sees similarities between his team and finalist Nashville.


Wild owner Leipold laments his team's failure: 'I'm not over it'

Craig Leipold said his team "crapped out" in its playoff loss to St. Louis, and now it's up to Wild management to dissect what happened and fix things to prepare for next season and beyond.


With expansion draft looming, Wild preparing for offseason player changes

There's no way around it: the Wild will lose a quality player to the Vegas Golden Knights in expansion. The Wild also has significant restricted free agents to re-sign, including Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter.


Playing with legends, Woodbury's Guentzel is Stanley Cup's top scorer

When he was younger, Hill-Murray grad Jake Guentzel was a huge Pittsburgh Penguins fan. Now he's one of them. "It's amazing. You wake up and it's still a dream you get to play with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin."


Sidestepping negatives, Wild GM Fletcher cites 'remarkably consistent team'

In his season-ending remarks Tuesday, Wild GM Chuck Fletcher pointed to the teams regular-season improvement, not the speedy playoff exit vs. St. Louis.


Wild's Eric Staal feels fortunate after scary crash into the boards

Center improving after concussion, but he laments early playoff exit.


Wild's puzzling collapse begs for the reasons why

Another first-round exit leaves plenty of blame to go around.


Blues end Wild's season with series-clinching overtime goal

The Wild didn't go quietly Saturday afternoon, but few will remember the Wild's franchise-best regular season now that the team couldn't even get past Game 5 of the first round.


Wild, Blues are resigned to low-scoring series

Minnesota and St. Louis players are surprising even themselves with tenacity in limiting goals.


Cheating on the faceoff dot is delaying Wild-Blues games

Game 4 was slowed as centers, often the Wild's, drew calls.