Straight From The Source with Michael Russo: A show about the Minnesota Wild-logo

Straight From The Source with Michael Russo: A show about the Minnesota Wild

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The Athletic's Michael Russo shares his thoughts in the form of an audio diary and talks to some of the most interesting players, coaches, scouts, and executives in the game, while on the road with the Minnesota Wild.

The Athletic's Michael Russo shares his thoughts in the form of an audio diary and talks to some of the most interesting players, coaches, scouts, and executives in the game, while on the road with the Minnesota Wild.


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The Athletic's Michael Russo shares his thoughts in the form of an audio diary and talks to some of the most interesting players, coaches, scouts, and executives in the game, while on the road with the Minnesota Wild.




Kaapo Kahkonen owning the net for the Wild in place of Cam Talbot

Wild goalie Kaapo Kahkonen joins SFTS to talk about being thrust into the spotlight with Cam Talbot hurt, plus Kaapo shares his love of food and cooking, growing up in Finland, his sister playing college hockey in the Twin Cities, and getting the chance to play in the frigid Winter Classic. Kaapo also discusses whether Iowa could have won it all two years ago and his heart-attack inducing save vs. Washington. Russo provides an update on the injured Minnesota Wild including Kirill Kaprizov,...


Winter Classic 2022 Recap

In a jam-packed Straight from the Source, Michael Russo sits down with Kenny Albert, Keith Jones, Darren Pang, Jamie Hersch and Mike Rupp in advance of the Winter Classic. Plus, Russo updates the latest from the Wild, and the probability that Matthew Boldy and Marco Rossi will be recalled by the club this week, Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Winter Classic 2022 St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild

In front of a packed pit at Fulton Beer Taproom in downtown Minneapolis, The Athletic’s Michael Russo and Jeremy Rutherford record a fun edition of SFTS. They tee up the Winter Classic between the Wild and the Blues, share stories galore, have lots of laughs, talk Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues and take questions from the large crowd at Fulton Beer Taproom. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Steve Mayer on the NHL winter classic in Minnesota on January 1st, 2022

NHL Chief Content Officer Steve Mayer joins SFTS to reveal all sorts of cool, juicy details about the upcoming Winter Classic and All-Star Game, including a skills event on the Bellagio Fountain. Steve gives an inside glimpse into how a major event is visualized, planned and executed, and he talks about what life has been like behind the scenes in the NHL the past hectic few weeks. Plus Russo with the latest on the struggling Wild who are winless in four games and battling injuries ahead of...


Billy Guerin officially named General Manager of Team USA

Minnesota Wild General Manager Billy Guerin joins Russo on Straight From the Source on the day he is officially announced as the General Manager of Team USA for the 2020 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Guerin talks about how good the American roster projects to be, its gold-medal chances, how the players will need to protect themselves from COVID-19 and the concerns about whether the NHL will even go. Plus Billy talks about the West-leading Wild, their playoff chances, Kevin Fiala, Jordan...


Bruce Boudreau, the new head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, will always have ties to the state of Minnesota.

New Vancouver Canucks coach Bruce Boudreau, despite his head still spinning, gives an hour to SFTS to discuss his new gig, his long history with new Canucks President of Hockey Operations Jim Rutherford. Gabby discuses the fresh start he's giving Brock Boeser and Elias Pettersson, as he encourages those two Canuck players to keep shooting. Plus, Bruce marvels at how good Quinn Hughes, J.T. Miller and Thatcher Demko are. Bruce shares a hilarious story about Wayne Gretzky and a prank that his...


Tom Fitzgerald of the New Jersey Devils on Jack Hughes, Billy Guerin building a winner in Minnesota and more.

New Jersey Devils GM Tom Fitzgerald joins SFTS to talk about the Jack Hughes extension, the Devils' future, Lindy Ruff, Billy Guerin and their days in Pittsburgh. Plus Fitzy looks back on being the first captain in Nashville Predators history and of course, Tom takes a trip down memory lane with Russo to their days together in Florida. Tom also puts his analyst hat on and praises the work of Bill Guerin and how exciting the Minnesota Wild are to watch this season, ahead of the game tonight...


Steve Goldstein living his childhood dream as a broadcaster for the NHL's Florida Panthers.

Steve Goldstein, the play by play voice of the Florida Panthers joins Mike on this week's edition of Straight From the Source. 'Goldy' talks about his history working in south Florida as the Panthers play by play, the Panthers exciting start to the 2021/2022 season and former Wild forward Andrew Brunette stepping into the hot seat, behind the bench taking the place of Joel Quenneville as the head coach of the Panthers. Steve tells Mike about his charity 'Goldies Gang', which allows less...


Florida native Brandon Duhaime excited to play in his 'home' arena for the Minnesota Wild

Wild rookie Brandon Duhaime joins SFTS to talk about life as an NHLer compared to the AHL, Duhaime addresses the sacrifices his family made to allow a Floridian to make it all the way to the big show, and his friendship with Arizona Coyotes superstar Jakob Chychrun. Plus, Brandon discusses how excited he is to play his first NHL game this weekend at Florida and the school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, which is right in his backyard and where he would have gone to high school had...


Story time with Tom Reid

During a laugh-out-loud-funny podcast, Tom Reid, the former North Stars and Blackhawks defenseman and longtime Wild radio color analyst joins SFTS to tell hilarious story after story about the good 'ole days and a lifetime in hockey, including his best pranks, Kurtzie, Lou Nanne, J.P. Parise, playing against Jean Beliveau and of course his thoughts on the Wild's exciting start. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Andrew Heydt is the engine that makes the behind the scenes Minnesota Wild run smoothly

Minnesota Wild director of team operations Andrew Heydt returns to SFTS to tell the epic story of how Bill Guerin and Kirill Kaprizov got back to Minnesota after he signed, navigating team travel in the midst of a world pandemic like last week's audible after positive tests and a look back at last season's Wild outbreak. Plus, planning Duluth and the upcoming Winter Classic. Russo also provides updates on the WIld's recent struggles including the power outage from Kirill Kaprizov and Kevin...


Nico Sturm's hard work paying off for the Wild

Wild center Nico Sturm joins SFTS to talk about that Matt Dumba slapper to his "jewels," his doppelganger , Nick Bjugstad, and being a pending free agent. The Wild's hard working defensive center talks about taking advantage of every opportunity that the Wild coaching staff awards him, and he answers questions from Wild fans via Russo's twitter, including who's the fastest and funniest Wild player, his untraditional road to the NHL, his professional hockey-playing girlfriend, his awesome...


Joel Eriksson Ek, the center of attention for the Minnesota Wild

After a breakout season, Joel Eriksson Ek, armed with an 8-year deal, joins SFTS to talk about new line-mates Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello, his impressive fitness regimen, why he makes opponents so mad, why Jonas Brodin has been so important to him on and off the ice and what life is like for him in Sweden and Minnesota. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Minnesota Wild season preview with Dan Myers from

10/13/2021’s Dan Myers returns to SFTS to preview the Central with Russo, as the Wild get set to kick off their season on Friday in Anaheim. Dan and Russo discuss the Wild's continued interest in Jack Eichel and the boys do a complete Minnesota Wild overview on each line and defensive pairing. Plus they look forward to Brandon Duhaime’s NHL debut, Joel Eriksson Ek fitting in with Kaprizov and Zuccarello, plus the addition of Rem Pitlick, Wild prospects and much more. Learn more about your ad...


Ryan Hartman has found himself in the perfect place in Minnesota

Gritty, agitating second-line center and avid outdoorsman Ryan Hartman joins SFTS to talk about his ascension as an impactful Wild player, why he signed for less money to stay, the crazy 2019 story as to going off the grid and finding out he was traded AND a free agent, where his antagonistic style stems from, the impact cancer has made on his life, his love of fishing and Minnesota and a harrowing childhood near-death experience falling through ice. Join The Athletic Hockey Show’s official...


Marcus Foligno on wearing the A, the Winter Classic, Jack Eichel and preparing for the new season.

Wild veteran Marcus Foligno returns to SFTS to talk about the Winter Classic, getting an "A" and making the Wild locker room welcoming to everybody, Marcus also addresses his pal Jack Eichel, his new line-mate Ryan Hartman, and he shares some more funny Kirill Kaprizov and Adam Beckman stories. Plus Marcus addresses the decision his brother Nick made to join the Bruins in Boston instead of the Wild. Marcus also talks about his favorite locker room pranks, his typical game day routine and his...


Marco Rossi and Matthew Boldy are ready to compete for roster spots with the Wild

Fresh off the Minnesota Wild rookie camp, Mike Russo welcomes Marco Rossi and Matthew Boldy, the Wild's top two prospects to the season premiere of Straight From the Source. The boys discuss their excitement at competing for spots on the Wild's roster this fall, and they answer twitter questions from Wild fans too. Plus Mike address the continued negotiations between Minnesota Wild and star player Kirill Kaprizov who remains without a contract for the new season. Learn more about your ad...


Straight From the Source returns on Monday

Michael Russo of the Athletic NHL returns with a new season of Straight From the Source, Monday at the Athletic and wherever you find your podcasts. Mike's first guests of the season will be Wild prospects Marco Rossi and Matt Boldy! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Russo's Minnesota Wild Q and A plus thoughts on new defenders Goligoski, Kulikov and Merrill

With the first two days of NHL free agency in the rear window, Russo asked Straight From the Source listeners for their questions, as the Minnesota Wild continue to build towards the next season. The SFTS listeners did not hold back. Russo sifts through many questions on the Wild going after Jack Eichel if the team is better or worse after their free agent adds from Wednesday and Thursday. Plus, SFTS listeners want to know what the new Wild defenders Kulikov Goligoski and Merrill bring to...


Wild GM Billy Guerin, the day after Zach Parise and Ryan Suter are bought out.

The day after buying out Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin returns to Straight From the Source to discuss the reasons for the buyouts, how the calls went with Zach and Ryan and why he has decided to stay off Twitter, especially on a day like yesterday, Plus, Billy provides an update on Kaprizov and Fiala's contract negotiations, the expansion draft and his pursuit of defensemen in free agency. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit