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Russo's Rants

Russo's Rants


Fletcher's focus on expansion, trades, contracts talks for Granlund, Niederreiter

GM Chuck Fletcher said the finish to the season after being the second-best team in the West during the regular season is "still incredibly disappointing. It still stings, let's put it that way."


Update: Wild winger Jason Zucker has sports hernia surgery

The young forward, coming off a career year, missed three games at the end of the season with a lower body injury.


Wild defenseman Marco Scandella has hip surgery

The 27-year-old defenseman is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for next season.


Wild's Folin undergoes shoulder surgery; Kaprizov update

Wild defenseman Christian Folin, injured in March, underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a labral tear in his right shoulder Monday. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ cgonzalez@startribune.com - January 19, 2017, St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center, NHL, Hockey, Arizona Coyotes at Minnesota Wild

The defenseman is expected to be recovered by training camp in September.


Season wrap-up: Wild's players, coaches, executives look back and ahead

The Wild held its end-of-the-year availability on Tuesday, and here's a synopsis of the morning sessions from the press conference room and the locker room.


Lucky Eric Staal's head injury 'could have been a lot worse'

The Wild center sustained a concussion in Game 5 of the team's playoff series against the St. Louis Blues, but he knows he avoided a catastrophic injury after he uncontrollably crashed head-first into the boards.


Wild's Granlund named Lady Byng Trophy finalist

Granlund will find out if he won the award on June 21 in Las Vegas.


Postgame: Disappointment, bewilderment as Wild's season ends abruptly

The Wild's 49-win, 106-point regular season means nothing now that it bowed out in five games to MIke Yeo and the St. Louis Blues.


Wild's Staal leaves Game 5 vs. Blues with head injury

Wild center Eric Staal was injured after he crashed into the boards in the second period. Staal had to be helped off the ice after the play. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ � cgonzalez@startribune.com - April 22, 2017, St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center, NHL, Stanley Cup Playoffs, Game 5, Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues

Staal was injured when he went head-first into the end boards behind Blues goalie Jake Allen.


Haula, Wild ready for Game 5

After sitting out Game 4 in St. Louis -- and a pair of practices -- because of an injury, Wild forward Erik Haula (56) went full-bore in Friday's session.

Wild forward Erik Haula practiced Friday and appears ready to play in Saturday's Game 5 -- and St. Louis could have Paul Stastny back, too.


Wild coach Bruce Boudreau is "a lot happier'' after Game 4 win

Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ ï cgonzalez@startribune.com - March 7, 2017, St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center, NHL, Hockey, St. Louis Blues at Minnesota Wild

The Wild returned Thursday morning from St. Louis and will have two days to prepare for Game 5 after extending the series.


Postgame: Blues don't match Wild's desperation in Game 4

The Wild staved off elimination behind Devan Dubnyk's shutout to force a fifth game.


Wild knows their backs are against the wall tonight in St. Louis

Wild forward Martin Hanzal (19)

The players were calmer than coach Bruce Boudreau during Wednesday's skate in St. Louis. The coach responded sharply when asked about Martin Hanzal's play, saying: 'I don't know why you pick on him.'


Wild's Haula sits out practice; Stastny skates for Blues

Minnesota Wild Eric Staal (12) and Charlie Coyle (3).

The Wild resumed practice in St. Paul, with Erik Haula taking the day off the ice for a 'maintenance day.'


Wild takes a 'mental health day' one loss from elimination

The Wild's Charlie Coyle fell while chasing after a loose puck with the Blues' Colton Parayko during the first period in Game 3 Sunday.

Bruce Boudreau gave his team the day off Monday, hoping players can clear their minds as they try to climb out of an 0-3 hole in their first-round playoff series against St. Louis.


Postgame: Three goals in three games has season on brink of disastrous end

The Blues' Robert Bortuzzo, left, reached for the puck as Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk slid over to block during the first period in Game 3 Sunday.

The Wild has three goals in three games after scoring four goals or more in a single game 34 times during the regular season.


Couple Wild lineup changes for Game 3

Wild defenseman Nate Prosser will make his series debut Sunday against the Blues and be paired with Jonas Brodin.

Ryan White and Nate Prosser will make their series debuts against the Blues.


Wild hopes to defy odds against the St. Louis Blues

Zach Parise (11) celebrated with teammates after scoring a power-play goal

The Wild hopes to become the 19th team to lose its first two games at home in a best of seven series and end up winning.


Postgame: Blues suffocating Wild at every turn offensively

The Wild has no 5-on-5 goals in the series and trails 2-0 because of it


After losing home ice, Wild knows Game 2 tonight is critical

Wild fans were glum when St. Louis pulled off a 2-1 overtime win in Game 1 of their series.

Isn't it amazing how much focus is put on trying to attain home-ice advantage in the first round and how simple it is to lose it?