As we get closer to the end of the postseason, we can see that things are starting to heat up for the Wild. In recent days, it's been revealed to the media that it's looking very unlikely the Wild are going to be able to free up Dany Heatley's 7.5 million dollar cap hit via an amnesty buyout. It's also getting to be about that time for RFA's, as Marco Scandella was re-signed to a no-brainer 2 year, 2.05 million dollar deal.
Let's continue on to the Walk.
You play Wild GM: Trades, free agency, buyouts, depth chart info | StarTribune.com- Check out this mess Heatley's shoulder creates. You deal with it.
Minnesota Wild Re-Sign Defenseman Marco Scandella - Gone Puck Wild - A Minnesota Wild Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More- Again, a no-brainer. Under team control, on a defense-needy team, a guy with his talent and two-way ability has a place on the team. Especially if he can bring what he brought in the playoffs.
First Round Bust: 2013 Stanley Cup TV Ratings: Twins Outdraw Blackhawks-Bruins Game 2- Well, if you have a chance to watch a below-.500 team, you're stupid for passing that up, right?
Tending the Fields
2013 NHL Entry Draft Speculation for the Minnesota Wild: Forwards- A good look at what second-round-or-later types might meet the Wild's needs.
Minnesota Wild prospects at every level gained valuable experience in playoffs - Hockey's Future- An overview of the WIld's prospects playoff performances.
Why Avalanche shouldn’t pass on Seth Jones, unless Joe Sakic’s trolling everyone | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Missing out on their Joe Mauer moment.
Are Sabres targeting top five pick? - The Hockey News- With a little help from the Wild.
Hockey's Future 2013 Staff Mock Draft - Hockey's Future- Again, be bummed that the Wild don't have a first round pick.
Off the Trail
Bourne’s 10 takeaways from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com- Bourne breaking down Game 3.
We should talk about Joel Quenneville’s use of Jonathan Toews last night | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com- Bourne was not having the way Jonathan Toews was used in Game 3.
How the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks spent their money [Infographic] | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com- A look at their respective team building.
Conn Smythe Watch: Tuukka time for playoff MVP race | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Breaking down the Conn Smythe race.
Gregory Campbell and hockey’s unending need for symbolic inspiration | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- He put tha team on his back, dude!
Slava Voynov, LA Kings agree on six-year contract extension | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Contract extensions, in order of importance.