It was a hot one, yesterday, Wild fans, and if today is anything like that, make sure to be safe. Drink lots of water, stay out of places where you could get heat stroke or something like that, and all that other stuff.
Yeah, it's lame. I didn't know what else to say.
Lot of stuff to get to, so let's do that.
Minnesota Wild: After a busy offseason, did they get better? - TwinCities.com- That's the question of the offseason.
Minnesota Wild: How the player moves match up - TwinCities.com- A breakdown of who's coming, who's going, and which was the better option.
Minnesota Wild: Defenseman Jonathon Blum glad to rejoin Ryan Suter - TwinCities.com- A feature on Jonathan Blum.
Wild add depth on defense with the signings of Jon Landry and Jonathan Blum- Some more stuff on Jonathan Blum.
Off-season report - Kings, Wild - The Hockey News- In case you find a fun format for fantasy hockey, here's some fantasy tips.
Tom Powers: Wild's best offseason acquisition was attitude - TwinCities.com- GM Tom Powers' 2013-14 starting lineup:
Eazy-E is clearly Mikael Granlund in this. Also, I know it's Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy, Ren, but for the life of me, I can't remember the name of the fifth guy. Jake?
First Round Bust: Vanek! At The Disco- If nothing else (and there's more than that), it's the headline of the summer.
Tending the Fields
Hockey Prospectus | Top 10 Prospects 2013: Organizational Rankings- Wild take a tumble. Graduating your top four prospects will do that.
Minnesota Wild: Brett Bulmer eager to prove he's NHL-worthy - TwinCities.com- Coming off a rough season, he'll likely have to start by proving he's AHL-ready.
Hitting The Post: Development Camp Review- Mike fives us his opinions on development camp.
Off the Trail
Cap recapture, and guaranteeing stars won’t play in your league | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com- Turns out, cap recapture encourages players to retire earlier, which means less star power in the league. Whoops!
Ranking the desirability of all 30 NHL destinations to unrestricted free agents | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com- Minnesota gets a pretty good ranking. Might be a bit better in a year.
The All-Time 'Gave Up Too Soon' NHL Team - The Triangle Blog - Grantland- You'll be happy to know the Wild didn't make any of these blunders. Being around for only a decade has it's perks.
Who were the luckiest and unluckiest NHL teams in 2013 season? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- For once, not the Wild. Take that!
Dustin Penner returns to Ducks after signing 1-year, $2 million deal | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Q: Who saw that coming? A: The Southern California Pancake Artists Association.