Wilderness Walk 12-10-2013: Going to California Edition

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Your Minnesota Wild are off to sunny California for a two-game stint against the Ducks and Sharks. Probably just enough time to thaw out from the deep freeze here in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Wild are off to California to thaw out and play a couple games of ice hockey. Up next for your Wild is a game against the Anaheim (Mighty) Ducks on Wednesday followed by a trip up the coast for a Thursday game against the San Jose Sharks whom the Wild just beat at the X 3 - 1 on just 13 shots on goal.

Rumor has it, Hockey Wilderness will be represented on the road this go around, with Emilie following the team to bring you some road coverage. How convenient a time to go to California while the rest of us spend our time bundled up just waiting for it to get a little warmer out so we can start hitting those outdoor ice rinks. I still haven't seen the lights on my local ice rink at night. I'm guessing it's just too cold to get out there at the moment.

Were going to California Wilderness!

Wild News

Jason Zucker expected to be recalled, Erik Haula reassigned to Iowa | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com
Haula sent down, and no, this is not to try and claim PMB back from the Islanders.

Minnesota Wild: Nate Prosser trying to stay 'nasty,' even on the bench - TwinCities.com
Prosser hasn't seen a lot of ice time lately. Tough to crack the roster with those that are in front of him on the depth chart.

Wild's roster moves may shuffle second line | Star Tribune
More notes from Russo on yesterday's roster moves and the potential moves coming today.

Off the Trail

Isles waive Pierre-Marc Bouchard, expect to call up Ryan Strome | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Oh boy! Oh boy! Oh boy! And no ... not a chance Wilderness, so try not to think about it.

NHL suspends James Neal 5 games for kneeing Brad Marchand; did he get off lightly? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Wyshynski hits this one out of the park. You hate to say it, but it seems very clear that the NHL carries a double standard when handing out supplemental discipline.

Report: 2014-15 salary cap will be ‘upwards of’ $71M | ProHockeyTalk
A reported big boost coming to the salary cap next season. Finally, we can get all those nice things we couldn't afford this season!

Orpik suffers from concussion, including memory loss | ProHockeyTalk
Not any good news coming out of the Penguins camp on Brooks Orpik.

What We Learned: R.I.P. The Code (Never-2013) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
The Code, spoken of fondly in hockey lore, has really been nothing more that a myth for years now.

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