Wilderness Walk 10-30-2013: Dumba Decision Edition

To help get over the disappointment of Monday's loss, here's Prosser punching Brendan Saad in the face. - Hannah Foslien

Mathew Dumba is pretty much what you'll be reading about today.

10 games.

Mathew Dumba is allowed to play with the Wild for 9 games without consequence. After that, the Wild must send Dumba to his junior team in Red Deer, or the Wild will burn a year off his contract.

But don't let me spoil all your fun- you will hear all about it soon enough. My quick take on that: I probably think that the Wild will keep him to burn off a year of ELC, but I also think he'll be sent to the AHL the second the WHL's season ends, and I'm not sure that he plays more than 41 games.

As for other things...

The Wild don't play until Friday, and there aren't recent updates on the health status of Jonas Brodin, Charlie Coyle, and Mike Rupp, which makes the Wild chatter a bit of slim pickins, so...

On to the Wild.

Wild News

First Round Bust: First Round Bust Turns 3- There are plenty of other articles to read this morning. But before we get to them, I want to congratulate Nate and Dan over at First Round Bust, who are celebrating their site's 3rd anniversary. Congrats to you both! Couldn't happen to nicer people!

Wild's enforcer Konopka has a vintage sophisticated side | Star Tribune- Verily, Monsieur Zenon Konopka has elevated his tastes to a refined level, where from the throne of his aristocracy he observes the proletariat with a disdainful eye.

Minnesota Wild: Jared Spurgeon stepping up on defense - TwinCities.com- And with Brodin still out, he needs to.

Is it Time Minnesota Cuts Ties with Dany Heatley?- Yes, it is. But they can't. Moot.

It's all Mathew Dumba from here.

Postgame: Wild needs more from some vets and will Dumba stay or go? | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com

First Round Bust: Your Obligatory Mathew Dumba Post

The Team of 18,001: What To Do With Matt Dumba

Off the Trail

Vanek for Moulson: Did Garth Snow get fleeced or were his hands tied by ownership? | Backhand Shelf- A look at how weird it was to give up a 30 goal-scorer to pick up a goal-scorer.

Sabres pay part of Vanek’s contract, gave Islanders draft pick control in deal | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- More deets in the Vanek trade.

Jaromir Jagr breaks NHL record for career game-winning goals (UPDATE: Well, not yet) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- A pretty cool feat, even if he is actually two goals short of this record.

Ryan Miller and the goalie trade market - Grantland- Looking for comparables to the Ryan Miller situation.

NHL - 100 things you need to know heading into Sochi Olympics - ESPN- Storyline 101: Will Team USA forge documents so Mikael Granlund all of a sudden turns out to be born in America, thus enabling the awesome Jason Pominville-Granlund chemistry to play on Team USA?

Maple Leafs CEO Tim Leiweke: 2nd Toronto team won’t happen ‘any time soon’ | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- I think watching an upstart Toronto team win the Stanley Cup would be awesome, so I'm a bit disappointed.

Blackhawks to visit White House on Monday | ProHockeyTalk- So, what do you give the President the second time you visit the White House? Another "Obama" Blackhawks jersey would just feel stagnant at that point.

How Important Is a Hot Start in the NHL? - The Triangle Blog - Grantland- A look at historical good and bad starts. Pro tip: Don't start historically bad.

Colorado Avalanche on San Jose Sharks' tails in NHL Power Rankings - NHL - Allan Muir - SI.com- The Wild make a huge jump. And no, I don't know why I only post SI's power rankings.

Calder Trophy Watch: Is Tomas Hertl still best in class? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Rookie Watch.

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