Wilderness Walk: 11-22-2013

Oh, the flybys. - Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photo

One off-day down, one more to go.

The Wild don't play until tomorrow, and that's fine. Really. It's OK that they need some time away from us. I'm not clingy.

But don't you think they can do something interesting in the meantime? Please?

So, there isn't a ton of news today, but the Wild topic of the day is Mikko Koivu. We even chimed in on it yesterday. He's pretty cool. The Kaptain has 4 goals and 8 assists in the last 8 games, of which the Wild have won 6. So it's a pretty good deal.

But as for anything else? Looking for other hot topics on the Wild? Good luck. Let me know when you find them, but until you do, let's go on to the Walk.

Wild News

Koivu establishes himself as Wild leader with recent play | Star Tribune- The penultimate article to shove in the face of people who complain that Mikko Koivu is the Kaptain.

Minnesota Wild on a roll with Mikko Koivu shifting into high gear - TwinCities.com- How Mikko Koivu improved his game by not changing it.

The Team of 18,001: Chalk Talk: How To Make Four Defenders Look Bad- Giles breaks out the Xs and Os to demonstrate Mikko Koivu's excellence fully.

Off the Trail

NHL quarter-season evaluation - Grantland- Down Goes Brown goes over his pre-season predictions.

The 13 most pleasant surprises in the NHL this season | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Josh Harding obviously is going to be one of those.

Martin Havlat’s next chance with the San Jose Sharks | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Hehehehehe. He won't approve a trade anywhere else.

Curing what ails the Columbus Blue Jackets | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Building a time machine and drafting Mikael Granlund and Jonas Brodin would be a good start.

On timeouts, and the type of plays coaches draw up for that last-minute goal | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com- The Wild apparently are being like, "A'ight, just give it to Koivu."

What the NHL really thinks about hybrid icing | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com- Also, what the NHL really thinks about hybrid cars.

Early-season NHL trade ideas based on team needs - ESPN- Insider, but if you want trade speculation, here you go.

Swastika used in hockey pregame show being investigated | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Huh... I am interested to know who approved that, and why...

The Blues met John Travolta and were pretty excited about it | ProHockeyTalk- He looks horrifying, and I do not think anyone would be excited about meeting Travolta. Though, disclaimer, I still haven't seen Pulp Fiction.

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