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.


Vegas-raised Zucker has high hopes for NHL in town where he grew up

As much as Jason Zucker tries to dodge the Vegas strip, he'll have no choice next March 16 when the Wild's scheduled to play its first-ever game against the expansion Golden Knights


As Wild turns to free agency, don't count out a significant trade

All the team's activities Monday indicate a trade could be around the corner. Some kind of deal is needed in order for the Wild to free up salary cap money for free agency.


Bob Woods announced as new Wild assistant coach

Head coach Bruce Boudreau and Woods will coach together for the fourth time.


North stars: 3 from Minn. go in NHL draft's 1st round

While it may have been an uneventful day for the Wild, it wasn't for Minnesotans Casey Mittelstadt, Ryan Poehling and Jake Oettinger. Mittelstadt, the Minnesota Mr. Hockey from Eden Prairie, was drafted eighth by the Buffalo Sabres. And then Lakeville pals Poehling and Oettinger went back-to-back late in the first round.


Koivu knows contract status not a top Wild priority, yet

Wild captain Mikko Koivu knows GM Chuck Fletcher has a lot on his plate before he can even think about maybe talking to him about a contract extension.


After saving defensemen from expansion, will Fletcher trade one?

It's a a good bet Wild GM Chuck Fletcher wheels and deals in Chicago during this weekend's draft. Round 1 is Friday night, Rounds 2-7 are Saturday night.


Leaving the Wild: Haula excited about 'a fresh start'

After being relegated for much of last season to the fourth line in Minnesota, Haula's excited for the new opportunity he'll receive with the expansion Vegas Golden Knights.


It's official: Vegas inks Wild's Haula, acquires Tuch

Erik Haula, who could have become a restricted free agent July 1, signed a three-year, $8.25 million contract with the expansion Vegas Golden Knights.


Wild monitoring Hossa's situation for salary cap ramifications

Many teams, including the Wild, will be eyeballing how the NHL handles the Marian Hossa situation with the Blackhawks. Hossa's career might be over because of a skin allergy.


Sources: Expansion Vegas team negotiating with Wild free agent Haula

If the Golden Knights sign the former two-time University of Minnesota leading scorer, Erik Haula would count as the Wild's lost player in expansion.