Wilderness Walk 4-2-2013: Happy Birthday Shane Edition

Rumors run rampant about this guy lately. - Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Your Minnesota Wild lost a real nail biter at home last night to the St. Louis Blues. What went wrong? What went right? A trade deadline looms large, do the Wild pull the trigger?

Good morning Wilderness, and what a beautiful morning it certainly is. We'll get into yesterdays fireworks in a moment here, but I must beg forgiveness and take another personal moment here. It is my sons 3rd birthday gang! In another in a long string of milestones from learning to walking and talking (and seemingly not shutting up now) my little man moves out of the toddler stage and into the preschool era. The terrible two's are officially over although I have it on good authority they really last another 15 years at least. Happy birthday Mr. Shane, daddy loves you!

Now that I got that out of my system, lets take a walk, shall we? First things first, who of you were blown away by yesterdays site "news"? Don't lie now, whether you called it as an April fools joke, or you fell right in line wishing Cornelius a happy welcome to the Wilderness, somehow you were duped. Don't blame me folks, I'm just here to get you through your mornings. Those clowns don't tell me shit! That's not entirely true actually, We knew Bryan and Nathan had decided to move on at seasons end for a little bit now. I however was not "in" on the secret and was admittedly a little surprised to hear of Cornelius was taking over as we had been told otherwise. Touche gentlemen, touche! If yesterdays article is even a small indication here, those two will be dearly missed around the Wilderness. I'm not going out on a limb here when I say from everyone at HW, Thank you Nathan and Bryan for the years of dedication to our growing our community. It's been an amazing ride, and we could only be so lucky to have you guys around.

And, as an example of how our luck continues on here, we are proud to introduce your future overlords Dan and Emilie. Two amazing hockey minds who will be your pleasure to pick their brains for news and opinions. Congratulations you two, well earned and deserved.

If all that was not enough for you yesterday, their was even a hockey game played at the Excel Energy Center last night. The St. Louis Blues managed to sneak out of our home with the 2 points that were so clearly ours. I mean, we wrote our name on them and even licked them! WTF St. Louis!?!? Give those back!

The schedule is tight from here on out folks as we get into the final month of the regular season. Two consecutive days off from games are hard to come by these days, just 3 more such breaks left in the season. It's the home stretch folks, so strap in cause its going to get intense.

Wild News

Low-energy Wild loses 4-1 to St. Louis | StarTribune.com - What you all came here for, the great Michael Russo examines last night game.

Blues beat Wild 4-1 to end 3-game losing streak | StarTribune.com - Adam Czech of the AP breaks down Monday nights loss.

NHL -- New York Minute with Minnesota Wild star Zach Parise - ESPN - Star forward Zach Parise tells ESPN.com's Katie Strang about his return home, the Wild's playoff chances and what that phone call to Devils GM Lou Lamoriello was like last July.

Why the Minnesota Wild will not trade for Ryane Clowe - Gone Puck Wild - Though I believe we could get Clowe without sacrificing the future, I'm still not a fan of it.

Wild likely to stand pat at trade deadline | Fox Sports North - This sums up how I feel about the Wild at the trade deadline. No real names being thrown around out there that I have any kind of interest in.

Sharks' Clowe draws trade interest | StarTribune.com - Although, a trade for Clowe would be pretty easy for him. I mean, he would just have to walk down the hall to the visitors dressing room. How weird would that be?

Why Dany Heatley Belongs on Minnesota's Top Line | The Hockey Writers - Warning, stats ahead. Proceed at your own risk.

Tending The Fields

OHL Preview: Belleville vs. Mississauga - Frozen Futures - A Minor League Hockey Fan Site - A little bit about Wild prospect Tyler Graovac and his teams playoff push.

Off The Trail

Crowdsourcing: What can coaches control over the course of a game? | Backhand Shelf - The art of the time-out.

Brunner snaps scoring skid and Howard makes late save to help Red Wings top Avs 3-2 | StarTribune.com - The wings bounce back after an abysmal showing this weekend against the Blackhawks.

Jay Bouwmeester acquired by St. Louis Blues; could his playoff drought finally end? | Puck Daddy - Looks like we'll continue to see this guy a lot for the foreseeable future.

Robyn Regehr goes to the LA Kings, as Sabres sell-off continues | Puck Daddy - The fire-sale in Buffalo continues.

Maple Leafs open talks with Miikka Kiprusoff for potential deadline trade | Puck Daddy - Kipper on the way out? Not if he has anything to say about it, apparently.

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