Wilderness Walk for 4-2-2012

Apr 1, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Viktor Stalberg teaches the Wild how to do the Hokey Pokey.

Hey Wilderness. I'm back. Sorry to leave you with the syrup loving cervine and the Managing Editor. I know it just wasn't the same without me. Hopefully you didn't fall in love with their styles. It's unlikely I can pawn the Walk off on Nathan everyday. Unless, of course, he really is the map and he just isn't telling me.

The Walk today talks a bit about the game, a bit about the team, and bit about the situation the team finds itself in. It's all pretty straight forward, and nothing you haven't seen before, to be honest. Except the article from our favorite chocolate loving columnist. Absolute must read if your brain cell count is a bit too high today.

Some programming notes, I'll be putting together the third annual Hockey Wilderness Playoff Bracket Challenge in the next couple of days. Keep your eyes peeled for that post, as we don't have a ton of time between when the seeds are set and when the playoffs start. We might have some other fun in store for the playoffs as well, depending on the motivation level of the crew.

Otherwise, enjoy your day.

Current Positioning

Draft position: 7th overall. One point from 4th, three points from eleventh.

Wild News

Wild succeeding in role of spoiler | StarTribune.com - Fun to win, back for the Dive. We'll talk more about that later.

Wild's top line shines in shootout win at Chicago | StarTribune.com - Man, if only they were like this in January.

Peters, Kampfer sidelined; Almond in | StarTribune.com - Yep.

Tom Powers: Overhaul of Wild Worth a Few Lumps - Again, the point Tom is trying to make is solid. The way he does it destroys the credibility of his argument and leaves me wondering how he continues to be allowed to write about topics he has no knowledge of. The CBA expressly prohibits "one last look at some of the the farmhands." They can't just call up Hackett and let him play out the stretch. It's against the rules, man. Basic CBA knowledge would be great if you're going to get paid to write about the league.

Mikael Granlund starting on the wing isn't exactly a new idea. There is no reason to pretend like it is shocking news. I would not be surprised if he never moved to center, either. But hey, wait three years and you can use that in an article. I give you full permission.

"The line combos don't even include Zach Parise or any other free agent who might opt to join our rebuilding project." Our? I didn't know you worked for the team, sir.

Oh, and if Zack Phillips makes the team, and is put in a checking line role, Craig Leipold is going to fire Chuck Fletcher and Mike Yeo so fast that Pierre McGuire is going to think he has a shot at the job again. Phillips is a skill player, not a checker. He doesn't have the ability to be a fourth line grinder. Unless they are just going to roll four scoring lines. Sounds like solid strategy.

But damn, why not James Sheppard the kid and throw yet another first round pick in the toilet? I mean, after all, with the amount of losing, there will be six or seven new first rounders each year to fill in after them. That's how this works, right? I just make stuff up and put it in print? Where do I collect my check?

Tending the Fields

Station Nation: The Quarter-Finals Are All Set - Good team is good.

The Third Intermission: Bulldogs Bite Aeros, Win 3-2 in OT - Borderline team is borderline.

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