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.


Wild won't bring back long-time goalie coach Bob Mason

Wild won't bring back long-time goalie coach Bob Mason

"That's not a strong point for us," Gm Bill Guerin said of the team's uncertain goaltending position. Mason had been with the Wild through six coaches and for 18 seasons.


Win or leave Canada: Wild trying to stave off elimination tonight

Win or leave Canada: Wild trying to stave off elimination tonight

The months of uncertainty, a second edition of training camp and then relocating to a bubble in Edmonton -- all of that could end up culminating in just four games for the Wild.


Wild, Canucks set for pivotal Game 3 in matinee at Rogers Place

The Canucks and Wild stand for the national anthems before Game 1 of the series in Edmonton.

Teams that win the third contest in a best-of-five after splitting the first two are 21-7 all-time in the series.


Wild can push Canucks to brink of elimination tonight

Wild can push Canucks to brink of elimination tonight

Teams that go up 2-0 in a best-of-five series are 55-1 all-time in the NHL. Will the Wild push Vancouver into that deep hole tonight in Edmonton?


Vancouver's Ferland fined $5,000 for spearing Wild player on bench

Before the spearing incident in Sunday's game, Vancouver's Micheal Ferland (79) fights Minnesota’s Marcus Foligno (17) during the first period.

Micheal Ferland, who fought Marcus Foligno early in the game, speared Ryan Hartman midway through the third period after Luke Kunin grabbed Ferland's stick while on the Wild bench.


Wait for Wild's return is almost over

The Wild will play the Canucks in Sunday's third game at Rogers Place in Edmonton as the NHL resumes its season.

Puck drop on Game 1 between the Wild and Canucks is 9:30 p.m. Central Time.


Day 15: Finally there's wind and sun in Edmonton

Day 15: Finally there's wind and sun in Edmonton

The Wild beat writer for the Star Tribune had to serve a 14-day quarantine before she could cover the NHL postseason in her hometown.


Day 14: Quarantine ends and our hockey writer has a plan

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Sarah McLellan is so ready to leave the Edmonton hotel room where's she's been quarantined. She's already planned her Saturday and her Sunday is planned for her: "I have a Wild game to cover."


Day 13: Quarantine tips ... phone charger, Netflix and comfortable slippers

Day 13: Quarantine tips ... phone charger, Netflix and comfortable slippers

Make no mistake, I am still looking forward to waking up Saturday morning and stepping outside my room for the first time in two weeks. But quarantine hasn't really been that bad.


Day 12: Quarantine's end near … but I’m finally a social distancing expert!

Day 12: Quarantine's end near … but I'm finally a social distancing expert!

Being sequestered is preparing hockey writer Sarah McLellan for the challenges she'll face at Rogers Center in Edmonton covering games for the first time in months.


Day 11: The hockey games begin – let’s watch them together

Day 11: The hockey games begin – let's watch them together

Exhibition action starts today, the first time a live NHL game will happen since March 11. The Wild and Edmonton play Wednesday, a game that Sarah McLellan will watch from quarantine iat her hotel.


Day 10: As quarantine winds down, chocolate and cheese planning begins

Day 10: As quarantine winds down, chocolate and cheese planning begins

Wild beat writer Sarah McLellan has only a few more days left of her 14-day quarantine. She'll still spend most of her time in an Edmonton hotel room, but is planning a run for staples of her Canadian childhood.


Day 9: Fashion and more. Meeting challenges of Canada quarantine

Star Tribune Wild beat writer Sarah McLellan in front of her closet in her hotel in Edmonton, Alberta, on July 26,2020.

Two big suitcases and a large duffel bag were a key for Wild hockey writer Sarah McLellan, who is in the second week of a 14-day quarantine in Edmonton.


Day 8: Fer shur I'm in Canada now, eh?

Day 8: Fer shur I'm in Canada now, eh?

The Wild beat writer for the Star Tribune is serving a 14-day quarantine before she can cover the NHL postseason in her hometown.


Day 7: 2:31 in the afternoon? Perfect time for leftover quarantine pizza

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To end her first week of quarantine in an Edmonton hotel room, hockey writer Sarah McLellan treats us to leftover pizza, a Ukrainian feast and other highlights of her day.


Day 6: Waiting in NHL quarantine. What should a hockey writer watch?

Day 6: Waiting in NHL quarantine. What should a hockey writer watch?

Being a fan is about having something to look forward to and believe in and rally around with others who feel the same way. That's something NHL writer Sarah McLellan loves about sports.


Fries, gravy and ketchup a treat on Day 5 of Canadian quarantine

Fries, gravy and ketchup a treat on Day 5 of Canadian quarantine

On Day 5 of her 14 days of confinement in an Edmonton hotel room, Star Tribune hockey writer Sarah McLellan rediscovered one of the treats from her Canadian childhood.


Silence of Sounds: Day 4 of NHL quarantine in Edmonton

Silence of Sounds: Day 4 of NHL quarantine in Edmonton

Without fans, the NHL's return is going to sound completely different than what we're used to hearing. NHL hockey writer Sarah McLellan thinks about that in the silence of her Edmonton hotel room.


Wild fans: Ready for late-night starts for first two playoff games?

Wild fans: Ready for late-night starts for first two playoff games?

Fox Sports North will carry every game in the Wild's qualifying-round matchup against Vancouver that starts Aug.2 in Edmonton.


Day 3 in Edmonton: No breaths of fresh air allowed

Day 3 in Edmonton: No breaths of fresh air allowed

The Wild's beat writer for the Star Tribune, Sarah McLellan, is serving a 14-day quarantine before she can cover the NHL postseason in Edmonton, the city where she was born.