The Wild Beat

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 Gritty truth: NHL player poll crowns best trash-talker and more

The Gritty truth: NHL player poll crowns best trash-talker and more

The NHLPA Player Poll surveyed more than 600 players on a variety of topics, including on-ice skills, arenas and teams.


Owner: Wild will pay its full-time staff through the end of April

Owner: Wild will pay its full-time staff through the end of April

The Wild's full-time staff will receive full pay and benefits through the month of April while the NHL remains paused during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


Wild signs junior hockey goalie to entry-level deal

Wild signs junior hockey goalie to entry-level deal

Hunter Jones is coming off his third season with the Peterborough Petes in the Ontario Hockey League and went 31-14-3 with a 2.75 goals-against average


NHL postpones draft, combine and awards

NHL postpones draft, combine and awards

The NHL announced Thursday it has postponed the 2020 draft, scouting combine and its annual awards due to the ongoing uncertainty resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.


Wild mailbag: Eriksson Ek looks ready for more responsibility

Wild mailbag: Eriksson Ek looks ready for more responsibility

This week's Wild mailbag takes a look at Joel Eriksson Ek's role and how much spending flexibility the Wild could have in free agency.


Wild signs college free agent Mitchell Chaffee to two-year contract

The Wild continued to load up its pipeline Tuesday, signing college free agent Mitchell Chaffee to a two-year, entry-level contract that starts next season.


Wild's Dumba donates to families impacted by coronavirus

Wild's Dumba donates to families impacted by coronavirus

Defenseman Matt Dumba is helping others during the coronavirus pandemic, making a donation Monday to support ACES families impacted by COVID-19.


Wild signs two prospects, including Western Hockey League's top scorer

Adam Beckman, who was drafted in the third round last year, finished with 107 points in 63 games with the Spokane Chiefs. Damien Giroux was a fifth-round pick.


KFAN filling hockey void with replays of classic Wild games

KFAN filling hockey void with replays of classic Wild games

The NHL season has been put on hiatus during the coronavirus pandemic, but Wild games will still be on the radio.


Wild to pay part-time employees for suspended games

Wild to pay part-time employees for suspended games

The Wild announced Tuesday its part-time employees scheduled to work the team's final six regular-season games will be paid.


Wild cancels morning skate as uncertainty looms over NHL season

Fans celebrated a second period goal by Minnesota Wild center Ryan Donato (6) during a game last month.

As the hockey world waits to see how the NHL will handle the coronavirus pandemic, NHL teams have been instructed not to hold morning skates, practices or team meetings.


Wild sends forward Gerald Mayhew back to Iowa

Wild sends forward Gerald Mayhew back to Iowa

The 27-year-old winger, who played six games during this stint in Minnesota, already has the highest goal total in the American Hockey League since the 2011-12 season.


Wild moves back into playoff spot before three-day break

Wild moves back into playoff spot before three-day break

The Wild reclaimed a playoff spot Sunday with its 5-4 overtime win over the Ducks ahead of a three-day break in the schedule.


Wild faces Ducks in road-trip finale with chance to reclaim playoff spot

Wild faces Ducks in road-trip finale with chance to reclaim playoff spot

The Wild wraps up its three-game road trip Sunday in Anaheim against the Ducks.


Wild's road trip continues with matinee vs. Kings

Wild's road trip continues with matinee vs. Kings

The Wild's road trip continues Saturday afternoon against the Kings in Los Angeles.


Playoff spot, for now, is rewarding but Wild knows 'it builds from here'

San Jose Sharks' Brandon Davidson, left, fights for the puck with Minnesota Wild forward Ryan Donato (6) and Mikko Koivu, right, in the second period

After going 14-6-1 over its last 21 games, the Wild finally moved into a playoff spot Thursday night.


Staal not with Wild as team opens three-game road trip vs. Sharks

Staal not with Wild as team opens three-game road trip vs. Sharks

The veteran center did not accompany the Wild to California due to a death in his family, and it's unclear when he'll rejoin the team.


Wild not feeling pressure as its climb to a playoff spot continues

Mats Zuccarello takes control of the puck

The Wild is playing with the urgency its situation requires, but the team insists it doesn't feel pressure.


Stalock starts, Kunin returns for Wild in showdown with Predators

Stalock starts, Kunin returns for Wild in showdown with Predators

The Wild has a chance to move into a playoff spot Tuesday with a win over the Predators and a loss by the Jets in any manner.


Wild comes up empty-handed in 'playoff game' vs. Capitals

Wild comes up empty-handed in 'playoff game' vs. Capitals

The Wild's contest with the Capitals looked like a playoff clash, and the team rose to the occasion despite falling 4-3.