So, while looking for stuff in my Twitter feed, I realized that I couldn't navigate it due to something called Sharknado.
Whatever that is.
Let's get to the Walk.
Multiple sources say Wild will sign defenseman Blum | StarTribune.com- I like this. Low risk move, and as a former top prospect, might yield a decent return for the Wild. It seems like he might have been caught in a numbers game, and we'll see if a change of scenery does well for him. It can't hurt.
Wild close to signing Nashville Predators defenseman Jonathon Blum | StarTribune.com- The blog post when this news came out.
The Team of 18,001: Jason Pominville's Contract Extension- Giles analyzes the Jason Pominville situation. I know that the Wild gave up a lot for him, but you shouldn't consider a contract extension part of a trade. It's not guaranteed that a player will extend, and thusly not an asset you are trading for. I don't think that trade should hinge on whether the Wild can extend him or not. If Pominville leads the Wild to the playoffs, and maybe even helps them win a round or two, then it's a success for the Wild, even if they don't manage to extend him.
First Round Bust: Charlie Coyle Takes #3 Much To The Disgust of Marek Zidlicky Fans- So, Coyle has a new number.
Tending the Fields
Minnesota Wild prospect Kurtis Gabriel leans on his mom - TwinCities.com- A profile on what is apparently a massive bust.
Off the Trail
Shocker: Ilya Kovalchuk retires from NHL, NJ Devils in favor of Russia | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- So, yeah, Ilya Kovalchuk retired. Insane.
Ilya Kovalchuk will join SKA, could earn $20 million per season: Report | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- That might explain as to why.
Ilya Kovalchuk has retired from the NHL | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com- Still pretty surprising. Remember: Kovalchuk's contract is probably a big reason the Wild have Parise. So there's that.
Kovalchuk retirement a little too convenient for all involved - The Hockey News- Ken Campbell does not like this. Easy to see why: It's pretty clear cap circumvention, even if Kovalchuk retired entirely because of his motivations.
Blue Jackets in no rush to sign Marian Gaborik | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- And I can get why.
Stanley Cupcakes: How Puck Daddy devoured all 16 playoff teams (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Watch Greg Wyshynski eat a lot of cupcakes.
Modernized version of ‘NHL 94′ to appear in upcoming ‘NHL 14′ video game | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Months after wife’s death, Dominic Moore returns to Rangers with ‘clear head’ | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Sad to see former Wild Dominic Moore have to deal with that.