Right off the top, congratulations to the Eden Prairie Eagles and Saint Thomas Academy Cadets on their Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament championships. The Eagles went into three over times in the longest championship game in tournament history. The game was eventually won on a goal from Kyle Rau, brother of Wild prospect Chad Rau.
That's your daily dose of good news. We will avoid discussing the Wild at any length, and it seems easier to just avoid that particular brand of depression.
Don't forget the Question of the Day over at the Facebook. You are also running out of time on the fancy Camo Sweaters being auctioned off to benefit Defending the Blue Line. Make sure you are OK with not having one if you decide not to bid.
Gimpy Latendresse back for exam | StarTribune.com - Just really great news. Sigh.
Latendresse returns to Minnesota | StarTribune.com - The Rants with more.
Wild forward Latendresse misses Vancouver trip - TwinCities.com - The take from the JV paper.
The Third Intermission: Matt Hackett Has A Great Game Photos - The Aeros are in their own playoff race. Only, you know... they actually win during theirs.
Off the Trail
Season Ends In Disappointment As Gophers Lose 2-0 - SB Nation Minnesota - Your very own GopherState writes on the end of the Gopher hockey season, including the information that Erik Haula played last night with a broken foot.
A way to soften the blow | StarTribune.com - Good piece on retrofitting the turnbuckles across the NHL.