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Sarah McLellan

Minnesota Wild and NHL | Reporter

Sarah McLellan covers the Wild and NHL. Before joining the Star Tribune in November 2017, she spent five years covering the Coyotes for The Arizona Republic.


Born in Edmonton and raised in Arizona, Mclellan is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
Recent content from Sarah McLellan
Bill Guerin has been the Wild’s general manager since August, 2019.

Whistleblower lawsuit against Pittsburgh Penguins mentions Wild GM Bill Guerin

Jarrod Skalde's suit claims he was told to "stay quiet" after reporting coach's assault.
Wild defenseman Ryan Suter (20) battled Vancouver’s Jay Beagle as the teams met in an NHL postseason game in Edmonton on Aug. 2. The Wild’s season

For the Wild, waiting is the hardest part

Players seem ready for the NHL season to begin, but the coronavirus pandemic continues to delay the start.
Russia's Kirill Kaprizov controls the puck during the Channel One Cup ice hockey match between Russia and Czech Republic in Moscow, Russia, Saturday,

Kirill Kaprizov settles in Minnesota as Wild waits for NHL season to begin

First round draft pick Marco Rossi will play for Austria in the World Junior Tournament.
Eric Staal celebrated a goal on Feb. 25 at Xcel Energy Center.

Wild trades fan-favorite Staal to Buffalo for Johansson

Eric Staal has played 16 NHL seasons, including the past four in Minnesota. He was traded to the Sabres for Marcus Johansson, a 10-year veteran who had nine goals in 60 games last season.
Star Tribune Wild beat writer Sarah McLellan in front of her closet in her hotel in Edmonton, Alberta, on July 26,2020.

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

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.
Center of attention: Johansson ready for position switch with Wild

Center of attention: Johansson ready for position switch with Wild

Marcus Johansson trains with Wild players Jonas Brodin and Joel Eriksson Ek when they are home in Sweden, for the summers. He's also worked with coach Dean Evason.
Defenseman Brodin's new deal could help Wild deal for offense

Defenseman Brodin's new deal could help Wild deal for offense

Jonas Brodin agreeing to a seven-year contract extension could lead to the Wild using its depth on defense to make a deal for a high-end offensive player.
New Wild center Bjugstad arrives with 'something to prove'

New Wild center Bjugstad arrives with 'something to prove'

A native Minnesotan, Nick Bjugstad was acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins after an injury-plagued season.
Goalie Kahkonen awaits next opportunity to stop shots for Wild

Goalie Kahkonen awaits next opportunity to stop shots for Wild

The 2014 fourth-round pick's development and potential to be a future starter for the Wild was amplified by his 3-1-1 NHL debut before the season was halted.
Wild departs for Edmonton with full roster availability

Wild departs for Edmonton with full roster availability

Only 20 players will dress for each game, but the Wild will have options against the Canucks.
Austere days/weeks/months ahead for Wild in Edmonton

Austere days/weeks/months ahead for Wild in Edmonton

The Wild will leave the Twin Cities on Sunday for Edmonton, the Western Conference hub for the NHL's 24-team, tournament-style restart, but players have no clue when they'll return.
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

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

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.
Wild seeks depth on oversized roster for unprecedented Stanley Cup chase

Wild seeks depth on oversized roster for unprecedented Stanley Cup chase

The Wild will officially reconvene today at Tria Rink in St. Paul for training camp after a 123-day lag in the season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Wild looking to sign Kaprizov, though he'd be ineligible for playoffs

Wild looking to sign Kaprizov, though he'd be ineligible for playoffs

The team is allowed to sign the prized prospect to a two-year, entry-level contract starting Monday.
Evason eager to resume, has message for Wild: 'Play the same way'

Evason eager to resume, has message for Wild: 'Play the same way'

The Wild was on a roll when the season was stopped by the pandemic, and interim coach Dean Evason is hoping players can keep that edge when games resume.
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

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.
Goalie Stalock is Wild's nominee for Masterton Award

Goalie Stalock is Wild's nominee for Masterton Award

The South St. Paul native rebounded from a serious injury early in his career to be a major force in Minnesota this season.
Wild's Dumba brings first-hand grasp of racism to new hockey alliance

Wild's Dumba brings first-hand grasp of racism to new hockey alliance

Wild defenseman Matt Dumba helped establish the Hockey Diversity Alliance to demolish racism and intolerance in hockey. The group has already received insight from Colin Kaepernick.
Dumba, former Wild players part of new Hockey Diversity Alliance

Dumba, former Wild players part of new Hockey Diversity Alliance

The group plans to promote diversity through community outreach and engagement with youth while attempting to make the sport more affordable and accessible.
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.
'We have an opportunity': Wild coach Evason eager to resume play

'We have an opportunity': Wild coach Evason eager to resume play

If the NHL resumes, the Wild will face Vancouver in a best-of-five qualifying round. "We're certainly looking at it as the first round of the playoffs," Wild coach Dean Evason said.
Twin Cities trying to sell themselves as hosts for planned NHL revival

Twin Cities trying to sell themselves as hosts for planned NHL revival

Although large gatherings still are prohibited by Gov. Tim Walz, restrictions could loosen by the time the NHL selects its cities, or the state could make an exception for the NHL..
NHL declares regular season over; Wild makes postseason - if there is one

NHL declares regular season over; Wild makes postseason - if there is one

If action resumes, and it wouldn't until July at the earliest, the Wild would face Vancouver in a play-in series.
NHL expected to announce return-to-play format today; Wild would make playoffs

NHL expected to announce return-to-play format today; Wild would make playoffs

Gary Bettman is set to make a televised address at 3:30 p.m. about what hockey would look like if the NHL can resume the season this summer.
Iowa Wild's Kahkonen voted AHL's outstanding goaltender

Iowa Wild's Kahkonen voted AHL's outstanding goaltender

The Iowa Wild's Kaapo Kahkonen has been recognized as the American Hockey League's outstanding goaltender for the 2019-20 season.
Staal on finishing NHL season: 'I have a hard time envisioning it'

Staal on finishing NHL season: 'I have a hard time envisioning it'

The latest return-to-play scenario reportedly being considered for pro hockey wouldn't wrap up the regular season nor jump to a normal playoff structure.
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.
Hub city for hockey? Wild wants NHL in St. Paul when games restart

Hub city for hockey? Wild wants NHL in St. Paul when games restart

The NHL is still exploring the possibility of finishing the season in centralized locations, and St. Paul - with ample space for multiple games a day, might be in the mix.
Blindsided at first, Wild beat writer stitches together a new normal

Blindsided at first, Wild beat writer stitches together a new normal

Away from the road and rinks, Wild reporter Sarah McLellan finds order again after the pandemic brought pro hockey, and almost everything else in sports, to a halt.
If NHL went directly to playoffs, Wild would need expanded field to get in

If NHL went directly to playoffs, Wild would need expanded field to get in

Although the NHL hasn't finalized a timeline to resume the season, it has a plan in place to get closer to making a relaunch a reality.
Like the Wild, Dumba found his groove before season was halted

Like the Wild, Dumba found his groove before season was halted

The coronavirus pandemic halted the NHL more than nine weeks ago, and Matt Dumba is spending the hiatus in Calgary. Before the season paused, Dumba had 11 points over his previous 22 games.
AHL cancels rest of season; NHL still considers return

AHL cancels rest of season; NHL still considers return

The NHL's top developmental league, which includes the Iowa Wild, gives up on resuming the 2019-20 season.
Dubnyk riding out 'ridiculous and crazy' season on ice and off

Dubnyk riding out 'ridiculous and crazy' season on ice and off

Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk has tried to stay prepared if the NHL season restarts but, at least, his family worries are behind him.
Wild's Dubnyk wants to play, but isn't interested in leaving family

Wild's Dubnyk wants to play, but isn't interested in leaving family

Centralizing action in a finite number of cities is one of the latest restart scenarios to gain traction since the league came to a standstill almost two months ago.
Wild parts ways with two scouts

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.
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

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.
NHL season 'paused' with Wild in playoff limbo

NHL season 'paused' with Wild in playoff limbo

The Wild, only one point shy of a playoff spot, was set to host Vegas on Thursday evening at Xcel Energy Center before traveling to Philadelphia to take on the Flyers Saturday afternoon.
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 wants to put winning road trip 'in memory bank' for playoff fight

Wild wants to put winning road trip 'in memory bank' for playoff fight

The Wild nabbed a pair of victories on its three-game swing through California and hopes to build on that success for the challenges ahead.
Fiala stays on fire: Two more goals give Wild big overtime win, playoff boost

Fiala stays on fire: Two more goals give Wild big overtime win, playoff boost

After scoring in the first period and the final minute of overtime to beat Anaheim, Kevin Fiala continued a sizzling streak of 14 goals in the Wild's last 18 games.
In new back-up role, Dubnyk sets goal of making a difference

In new back-up role, Dubnyk sets goal of making a difference

A difficult season has made him a backup, but there's time left for him to help the team.
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.
Stalock stays locked in, Wild fends off San Jose to move into playoff spot

Stalock stays locked in, Wild fends off San Jose to move into playoff spot

The Sharks outshot the Wild by a wide margin in the third period but Alex Stalock was up for the challenge, making 40 saves in a 3-2 victory
Wild's climb in standings fueled by success on the road

Wild's climb in standings fueled by success on the road

Success away from home has helped the Wild rejoin the playoff race — a turnaround the group hopes to continue during a three-game tour of California.
Playoff spot, for now, is rewarding but Wild knows 'it builds from here'

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

After going 14-6-1 over its last 21 games, the Wild finally moved into a playoff spot Thursday night.
Playoff spot up for grabs for Wild in matchup vs. Capitals

Playoff spot up for grabs for Wild in matchup vs. Capitals

The Wild can move into a playoff spot Sunday with a win over the Capitals.
Wild roaring into March with recent surge

Wild roaring into March with recent surge

Three consecutive victories, five victories in six games overall and a 12-5-1 run since mid-January has anchored the Wild in the Western Conference playoff race.
Wild adds defenseman Matt Bartkowski, moves on to Columbus

Wild adds defenseman Matt Bartkowski, moves on to Columbus

Bartkowski was recalled from AHL Iowa on a emergency basis after Thursday night's win in Detroit.
Stalock continues steady play in net to help Wild blank Golden Knights

Stalock continues steady play in net to help Wild blank Golden Knights

Goalie Alex Stalock posted his third shutout of the season Tuesday in the Wild's 4-0 win over the Golden Knights.
Right time and place: Dumba's 1st goal in 34 games gives Wild OT win

Right time and place: Dumba's 1st goal in 34 games gives Wild OT win

After the Blackhawks on Tuesday scored twice late to tie the game in regulation, Matt Dumba's first goal in 34 games sent the Xcel Energy Center crowd home happy.
Seeler, now with Chicago, reflects on 'pretty crazy last couple of days'

Seeler, now with Chicago, reflects on 'pretty crazy last couple of days'

After the Blackhawks claimed him off waivers, Nick Seeler joined his new team at Xcel Energy Center. "Change is hard," said the former Eden Prairie and Gophers player. "But I think this is a good change for me personally."
Players throughout the lineup step up in Wild's OT win over Blackhawks

Players throughout the lineup step up in Wild's OT win over Blackhawks

There were plenty of catalysts in the Wild's bounce-back performance against the Blackhawks.
Wild's Dumba honors Kobe Bryant with name on his jersey

Wild's Dumba honors Kobe Bryant with name on his jersey

The defenseman stood alone on the blue line for the national anthem.
Playoff push? Wild returns from break with ugly loss to Bruins

Playoff push? Wild returns from break with ugly loss to Bruins

The penalty kill earns Bruce Boudreau's wrath: "As bad as you can possibly get in this league," he said.
Special teams haunt Wild in lopsided loss to Bruins

Special teams haunt Wild in lopsided loss to Bruins

The Wild's penalty kill gave up three goals, and the power play went 0-for-4 in a 6-1 loss to the Bruins.
Wild needs a sense of urgency in season restart

Wild needs a sense of urgency in season restart

The Wild resumes play after an eight-day break just five points out of the last wild-card spot.
Nice off the ice: Wild's Foligno plays physical but at home he's a softy

Nice off the ice: Wild's Foligno plays physical but at home he's a softy

In his third season with the Wild after being acquired in a trade from Buffalo, Marcus Foligno is a fascinating enigma. He leads the team in hits, but is an easygoing big kid at home.
Wild beats Detroit, climbs in standings as nine-day break arrives

Wild beats Detroit, climbs in standings as nine-day break arrives

Eight different players tallied at least a point for the Wild, which enters the All-Star break and its ensuing bye week five points out of a playoff spot.
Wild's Parise aims for more scoring consistency

Wild's Parise aims for more scoring consistency

Zach Parise's current goal-scoring burst, which started Jan. 14 in Pittsburgh, came on the heels of a 10-game goal drought.
Boudreau: Wild 'going to put a push on' after returning from break

Boudreau: Wild 'going to put a push on' after returning from break

The Wild embarked on the All-Star break five points back of a playoff spot after a 4-2 win against the Red Wings.
Koivu, Dubnyk back in action tonight for Wild vs. Red Wings

Koivu, Dubnyk back in action tonight for Wild vs. Red Wings

"This game is about us, our character and how to bounce from a pretty heartbreaking night the other night," coach Bruce Boudreau said.
More than just defense, Wild's third line shows scoring punch

More than just defense, Wild's third line shows scoring punch

First assembled as a checking line to thwart opponents' top producers, the trio of Marcus Foligno, Joel Eriksson Ek and Luke Kunin is now creating its own scoring chances.
Wild facing lineup questions ahead of matinee vs. Canucks

Wild facing lineup questions ahead of matinee vs. Canucks

The Wild could make a few changes to its lineup before taking on the Canucks Sunday afternoon at Xcel Energy Center.
Wild back in action vs. Flames after sitting idle for three days

Wild back in action vs. Flames after sitting idle for three days

While the Wild was idle, the gap between it and a playoff spot widened, with Calgary opening up a five-point gap over Minnesota for the second Wild Card spot..
Seeler next man up for Wild with Spurgeon sidelined by hand injury

Seeler next man up for Wild with Spurgeon sidelined by hand injury

Jared Spurgeon was injured in the first period Tuesday when he took a shot to the hand during a Panthers power play. Nick Seeler will take his place Thursday when the Wild continues its three-game road trip.
Losing while winning: Spurgeon, Koivu injured in Wild's win over Florida

Losing while winning: Spurgeon, Koivu injured in Wild's win over Florida

Defenseman Jared Spurgeon was hurt in the first period and center Mikko Koivu skated one shift in the third before leaving the game, which the Wild won with a pair of third-period goals.
Foligno plays well upon his return to Wild lineup after an injury

Foligno plays well upon his return to Wild lineup after an injury

In 16 games before suffering a lower-body injury Nov. 7 in San Jose, Foligno scored twice and chipped in four assists.
Postgame: Wild has options to fill out lineup if Spurgeon, Koivu remain out

Postgame: Wild has options to fill out lineup if Spurgeon, Koivu remain out

Defenseman Jared Spurgeon and captain Mikko Koivu didn't finish the 4-2 win over the Panthers Thursday at BB&T Center.