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.


Wild's Fletcher, Flahr owe much to late NHL executive Bryan Murray

Murray's hiring of Chuck Fletcher and Brent Flahr began a long working relationship and close-knit friendship that others in hockey were fortunate enough to share.


Coming home: Cullen to join Wild, play 20th NHL season

Native Minnesotan Matt Cullen called joining the Wild for the 2017-18 season a "family decision." He has won three Stanley Cups, and will turn 41 in November.


Da Beauty League: A chance to watch pro hockey stars up close

In the waning minutes of every game in Da Beauty League, dozens of kids in hockey garb press against each railing at the Zamboni entrance inside Edina's Braemar Arena.


Granlund, Wild agree to three-year deal with benefits for both sides

In avoiding Friday's arbitration hearing, Mikael Granlund's agent didn't want a multiyear contract to go too long-term.


Niederreiter ready for more ice time after new deal with Wild

After a career year in which he scored 25 goals and 57 points, Nino Niederreiter has loftier expectations after signing a five-year deal with the Wild.


Niederreiter avoids arbitration, signs five-year contract with Wild

Niederreiter's contract, which has no no-trade protection and buys three of his unrestricted free agency years, was right in line with the market for other recent deals.


Can Wild avoid arbitration hearings with Niederreiter, Granlund?

Nino Niederreiter and Mikael Granlund are thought to be seeking long-term contracts north of $6 million annually. They have hearings scheduled for next week.


Wild's Boudreau among owners of new Twin Cities junior hockey team

The Tier III expansion team is based in Coon Rapids and will debut its 44-game schedule at home Sept. 22. The Wild coach will attend tryouts this weekend.


Scandella 'all ears' as he heads to Buffalo and coach Housley

Marco Scandella, the second-longest tenured Wild player until being traded, said he's looking forward to playing for Hall of Fame defenseman Phil Housley in Buffalo.


Wild turning attention to signing restricted free agents Granlund, Neiderreiter

Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter, both coming off career years, have filed for salary arbitration. Their salaries will have an impact on other moves the Wild can make.