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 will open postseason vs. Vancouver on Sunday, Aug. 2 in Edmonton

Wild will open postseason vs. Vancouver on Sunday, Aug. 2 in Edmonton

The NHL released the schedule for the best-of-five play-in series on Friday afternoon.


Wild, NHL donate $100,000 to Matt Dumba's fundraiser to help rebuild Lake Street

Wild, NHL donate $100,000 to Matt Dumba's fundraiser to help rebuild Lake Street

Wild defenseman Matt Dumba's fundraiser to help rebuild Lake Street in the aftermath of George Floyd's death received a $100,000 donation from the NHL and Wild.


Wild names Judd Brackett director of amateur scouting

When the 2020 NHL draft takes place, the Wild will have someone new in charge of its picks.


Wild players can begin voluntary workouts at TRIA on Wednesday

Wild players can begin voluntary workouts at TRIA on Wednesday

The groups working out will be limited to 12 at a time, the team said in a release, and players will have received instructions about what they can and can't do.


Dumba launches fundraiser to help rebuild Lake Street

Dumba launches fundraiser to help rebuild Lake Street

Wild defenseman Matt Dumba launched a fundraiser Thursday to support the Lake Street Council and their initiative to rebuild Lake Street and will match donations up to $100,000.


NHL finalizes playoff details; practice facilities open Monday

NHL finalizes playoff details; practice facilities open Monday

Teams will be able to open their practice facilities with no more than six players skating at a time without coaches in Phase 2 of the league's Return To Play protocol. Here are more details.


Iowa Wild's Mayhew named American Hockey League MVP

Iowa Wild's Mayhew named American Hockey League MVP

Gerry Mayhew scored a league-high 39 goals, the most by an AHL skater since 2011-12, and he finished third in points with 61 through 49 games


Iowa Wild's Kahkonen voted AHL's outstanding goaltender

Kaapo Kahkonen

The Iowa Wild's Kaapo Kahkonen has been recognized as the American Hockey League's outstanding goaltender for the 2019-20 season.


Iowa Wild players receive AHL First, Second All-Star Team honors

Iowa Wild players receive AHL First, Second All-Star Team honors

Iowa Wild goalie Kaapo Kahkonen, defenseman Brennan Menell and forwards Sam Anas and Gerry Mayhew were named to the 2019-20 American Hockey League First and Second All-Star Teams.


Wild mailbag: Is expanded Stanley Cup playoff format the right move?

Wild mailbag: Is expanded Stanley Cup playoff format the right move?

On the surface, the idea of adding eight more teams to the field sounds like a good one. But there issues that need to be confronted.


Wild parts ways with two scouts

The Wild has scrambled its scouting staff ahead of this year's draft.


Wild mailbag: What is the Wild's biggest need right now?

Wild mailbag: What is the Wild's biggest need right now?

Figuring out its depth chart at one key position is an issue that has to be addressed. Sarah McLellan answers that and other personnel questions.


Dubnyk, Greenway to represent Wild in NHL Player Gaming Challenge

Dubnyk, Greenway to represent Wild in NHL Player Gaming Challenge

Goalie Devan Dubnyk and forward Jordan Greenway will represent the Wild in the NHL Player Gaming Challenge that will showcase players' virtual hockey skills.


Wild's Greenway in virtual hockey marathon to benefit COVID-19 relief

Wild's Greenway in virtual hockey marathon to benefit COVID-19 relief

Wild forward Jordan Greenway is participating in a 14-day livestreaming virtual hockey marathon to benefit COVID-19 relief efforts.


Wild mailbag: Coaching search affected by pause in season

Wild mailbag: Coaching search affected by pause in season

This week's Wild mailbag takes a look at the Wild's coaching search, Mikko Koivu's future and a potential Kirill Kaprizov-Kevin Fiala duo.


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.