Wilderness Walk: 12-4-2013

Josh Harding. The story until further notice. - Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

An off-day for the Wild, but not for the news cycle.

Hey, Wilderness.

The Wild have an off-day before hosting the Chicago Blackhawks tomorrow, but that doesn't mean there's nothing to read about today.

The theme of the day (much like yesterday) is Josh Harding, who has been a big part of the Wild's mini-turnaround the last couple of days, and really, the biggest reason the Wild have done as well as they have thus far. He's the best story in hockey this year, no question about it.

We got some stuff to peruse today, but first...

Read This Before Anything Else

Sexism and blogging in the hockey media: Puck Daddy roundtable debate | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Emilie participated in a roundtable discussion about sexism in the hockey media, and it's pretty interesting, and you should read it, or else. True story: They had originally approached me to participate, but you know... so many things to do and stuff.... *unconsolable crying*

Wild News

Josh Harding is your early Vezina front-runner | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Make no mistake, Josh Harding has been unbelievable this season.

Wild notes: Knowing 'roles' leads to victory | Star Tribune- The Wild are figuring it out, again.

Josh Harding named NHL's Third Star of the Month for November | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com- Well deserved, but perhaps he should have been first.

The Team of 18,001: 3 on 3: Josh Harding- Giles looks at Josh Harding.

Minnesota Wild: The Week After Turkey Day- It wasn't a great week.

Jimmy Buffett given world’s ugliest Minnesota Wild jersey (Photo) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- And boy, is it ever ugly!

Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Olympic defensemen; Roenick and Seattle; Tom Reid on Wild | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Listen to Tom Reid talk about the Wild, even on an off-day!

Tending the Fields

Minnesota Wild: Brett Bulmer trying to regain confidence in AHL - TwinCities.com- After a rough season last year, Bulmer is steadily improving.

Off the Trail

Henrik Zetterberg out 2 weeks, joining Datsyuk on shelf for Red Wings | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Ouch.

30 Thoughts: NHL stands to profit from on-ice fix | Hockey | CBC Sports- Nino Niederreiter makes a brief appearance in 30 Thoughts.

Report: NHL set to finally pay Gretzky at least $7M | ProHockeyTalk- Ending this dramatic dispute.

A Brief History of NHL Coaches Behaving Badly - The Triangle Blog - Grantland- Coaches Behaving Badly being right next to "Families With Low Self-Esteem" in your local video store.

NHL in Seattle: Jeremy Roenick wants to be face of expansion team | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Wonder how this potential Seattle team would affect Jeremy Roenick's involvement with his national team in the J.J.R.R.

NY Islanders’ Matt Martin trying to become NHL’s first 400 hit man | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Perhaps the Wild will give Clutterbuck 400 hits in his one game at the X this year.

Pass or Fail: LA Kings, Anaheim Ducks Stadium Series jerseys | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- They both suck, but LA's sucks less.

Torrid Blackhawks seize top spot in Week 9 NHL Power Rankings - NHL - Allan Muir - SI.com- The Wild drop a bit.

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