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Russo's Rants

Russo's Rants


Russo: What do Wild's lines look like as training camp approaches?

Mikko Koivu (9) and Mikael Granlund (64) celebrated after Koivu shot the puck past Kings goalie Jeff Zatkoff last season.

Obviously my opinion, but by popular demand, here's a look at how I see the lines shaping up heading into next month's training camp.


Leaving for Blues, Prosser thankful to play so long for hometown Wild

Elk River's Nate Prosser, 31, was by far the longest-serving and most successful college free-agent pickup in Wild history.


Granlund's only objective? A deeper Wild playoff run

The Wild has made the playoffs five years in a row but has only been past the first round twice and only won one playoff game last season.


Updated 2017-18 Wild depth chart

Here's how the Wild's shaping up before re-signing Mikael Granlund and Marcus Foligno.


Wild's Niederreiter signs five-year contract

The Wild has signed winger Nino Niederreiter to a five-year, $26.25 million contract, sources say. That's a $5.25 million cap hit.


On the Wild: Russo's offseason primer and current depth chart

Hockey writer Michael Russo is leaving town for a few weeks, so here's a look ahead at some things that may happen as well as a current look at the Wild roster.


Scandella lauds Minnesota, says 'I understand why the trade happened'

Former Wild defenseman Marco Scandella says he'll cherish his time in Minnesota, but is excited about the new chapter about to begin with the Buffalo Sabres.


Wild prospect Greenway returning to Boston U rather than turning pro

Wild prospect Jordan Greenway

Greenway hopes to lead the Terriers to a national championship and represent the United States in the 2018 Winter Olympics.


Russian team official on Wild's Kaprizov: 'He will stay in Russia for next 3 years'

Russia's Kirill Kaprizov skates past Slovakia's Boris Sadecky during the third period of a world junior championship hockey game in Toronto on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

The three-year delay is a big blow to the Wild's prospect pool.


Get ready, hockey fans: Da Beauty League returns to Edina

Jake Guentzel f is pursued in the corner by the Wild's Erik Haula during Da Beauty League action last season. Photo courtesy of Da Beauty League

The 4-on-4 league full of local NHL stars and elite amateurs begins Wednesday with all eyes set on the John Scott Cup.


Wild's Mikael Granlund files for arbitration

One day after Nino Niederreiter filed, the Wild's leading scorer of last season did the same.


Sources: Wild's Niederreiter files for arbitration

Minnesota Wild's Nino Niederreiter, of Switzerland, looks to pass as St. Louis Blues' Vladimir Sobotka, left, of the Czech Republic, defends during the first period in Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Sunday, April 16, 2017, in St. Louis.

Wild winger Nino Niederreiter, 24, has hit the 20-goal milestone the past three seasons. He scored a career-high 25 goals and 57 points last season.


Wild re-signs defenseman Reilly

The Wild re-signed restricted free-agent offensive defenseman Mike Reilly to a two-year, $1.45 million contract Monday.

The Minnesota resident has a great chance at making next season's club.


Wild development camp will feature two open scrimmages, block party

Camp runs July 8-13 with open scrimmages July 11 and 13.


Updated 2017-18 Wild depth chart

Here's the latest depth chart after the Wild's seven signings Saturday.


Wild signs veteran defenseman Kyle Quincey, 6 others to 2-way contracts

Minnesota Wild center Mikael Granlund (64) is shoved by New Jersey Devils defenseman Kyle Quincey (22) as he screens goalie Cory Schneider just as an incoming shot approached in the third period Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. The Devils won 4-3. (Jeff Wheeler/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS) ORG XMIT: 1196200

Free agency has begun in the NHL, and the Wild has signed a bunch of players to two-way contracts.


Updated 2017-18 Wild depth chart

Here's the Wild's depth chart heading into the opening of free agency today


Wild 2017-18 Depth Chart

With free agency approaching, here is a look at next season's Wild (as of now)


Wild re-signs Olofsson, cuts Folin

The Wild has re-signed defenseman Gustav Olofsson to a two-year, $1.45 million deal. It's a one-way deal, meaning he'd have an inside track toward making next year's team.

There is some news with a couple Wild defensemen today. But they aren't the big names who were in the news last week.


Wild goes for as much skill as possible on Day 2 of the NHL draft

The Wild has gotten to work on Day 2 after not having a first-round pick Friday.