The Wild Beat
Sarah McLellan is an Edmonton native. She graduated from the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State, and covered the Coyotes for five years at the Arizona Republic before arriving at the Star Tribune in November 2017.
The Wild will play seven preseason games, in which it will travel Colorado, Dallas and Winnipeg in addition to the games in St. Paul and Des Moines.
Jack Ferreira, 73, has also been GM of the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
Wild prospect Kirill Kaprizov will also participate in the tournament after helping Russia to gold at the recent Olympic Games.
The Sedin twins and P.K. Subban are the other finalists for the award, which honors leadership and strong community work.
Forward Dmitry Sokolov tallied a career-high 96 points – including 50 goals – in 64 games in the Ontario Hockey League last season.
Iowa Wild forward Sam Anas led the AHL team in goals and set a single-season franchise record with 26 in 70 games.
The 19-year-old was a high scoring center for Medicine Hat of the Western Hockey League.
After getting creamed 5-0 by the Jets Friday at Bell MTS Place, the Wild has been eliminated in five games in back-to-back years.
"We're not a team that can survive with eight players playing good and the rest just being mediocre.," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said after Friday morning's workout in Winnipeg.
Needing an offensive spark after being shut out in Game 4, the Wild mixed up its look during practice Thursday at Xcel Energy Center.
Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey will have a hearing Wednesday with the NHL Department of Player Safety. A suspension would further subtract from an already depleted Jets blue line.
Tension on the ice escalated to a new level in Game 4 when center Eric Staal took a cross-check to the neck from Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey during a Wild power play. No penalty was called.
The Wild needs a victory tonight at the X to even the series; the Jets are still complaining that Marcus Foligno wasn't disciplined for a collision that has sidelined defenseman Tyler Myers.
The ability to have last change and influence the on-ice matchups more frequently seemed to be a reason why the Wild could start to claw its way back into the series.
Forwards Jordan Greenway and Marcus Foligno scored their first playoff goals, and defenseman Nick Seeler had two assists.
The Wild went 27-6-8 at home during the regular season, a source of confidence as it tries to recalibrate after a pair of losses in Winnipeg.
The team's plane was diverted to Duluth, but there was no way they could get to the Twin Cities on Saturday.
The Wild is 0-2 in a playoff series for a fourth straight time.
That means it'll be up the group that was outshot 40-20 Wednesday in the 3-2 loss make that discrepancy shrink.
The eagerness to improve for Game 2 Friday was front and center when the Wild regrouped Thursday.