Wilderness Walk 7/2/2013: Holiday Week Hump Day Edition

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Good morning Wilderness, and a happy holiday hump-day edition of The Walk. That is of course if your fortunate enough to have both Thursday and Friday off from your respective jobs. Before we get into the nitty-gritty of your daily links, I must ask, how was your first full day of retirement Nathan and Bryan? I suspect you miss us already and are regretting your decision! No take backs! I must admit is is a bit weird to peak at your profiles and only see 'Member' under your HW membership. Remember to send us postcards from the exotic locales you visit, maybe even a humorous T-shirt!

At any rate, with Nathan and Bryan gone we got our first taste of what life would be like when users come out from under the bridge. If you missed out on the fireworks last night you can hop into the El Nino post and relive the drama. Bear in mind this is not to say we don't appreciate the page views, or the dissenting opinions that a forum like ours provides to the fan base. Just a friendly reminder folks, try to keep it civil. We can disagree about just about anything, but when personal attacks start flying we are treading on sketchy ground. Always remember, Be excellent to each other!

In today's links we have a buyout that makes the Mark Parrish buyout look like a short walk on the beach, we will finally learn the fate of the Phoenix (Seattle?) Coyotes at some point today, and Tim Thomas pokes his head out of his bunker. If he saw his shadow that will be 6 more weeks of army surplus rations along with duck and cover drills. Enjoy Wilderness!

Wild News

Dealing just starting for Wild GM | StarTribune.com
There are two things we have learned about Chuck Fletcher since he became the Wild’s general manager four years ago: 1, He is not afraid to make bold moves; and 2, He has no problem dealing fan favorites.

Wild depth chart | StarTribune.com

Tending the Fields

The 10 most awkward 2013 NHL Draft rookie photographs | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports

I think Gustav Olofsson has earned himself a nickname already thanks to the folks at Puck Daddy.
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Solar Bears re-sign third-leading scorer - OrlandoSentinel.com
C.J. Severyn, who finished second on the Orlando Solar Bears with 22 goals last season, was one of three forwards to agree to terms with the ECHL team Monday.

Off the Trail

The long UFA contracts everybody signed four years ago don’t look good in retrospect | Backhand Shelf
A look into the world of salary cap circumvention.

Rick DiPietro getting Islanders buyout, $1.5 million through 2029 | Puck Daddy
Over the last five seasons, injuries held DiPietro to just 50 games in goal.

Daylong negotiations move NHL closer to sending its players to 2014 Sochi Olympics | StarTribune.com
While a deal hasn't been reached yet between the NHL, the union and the International Ice Hockey Federation, to send the league's players to Sochi, a long meeting Monday pushed the sides much closer to an agreement.

Top pick MacKinnon eager to help turn around Avalanche | TSN
Much like Crosby eight years ago, MacKinnon will be counted on to turn around a franchise, one that finished last in the Western Conference in 2012-13 and missed the playoffs for a third straight season.

Flyers acquire F Newbury from Flyers for D Syvret | TSN
Wait, the Flyers acquire Newbury from.... the Flyers? Headline fail TSN. Warning: If they have an editor on staff, this may get fixed, but its Canada and they wouldn't want to offend the person who originally posted it.

Coyotes' ownership saga finally coming to a head | TSN
A vote against the lease agreement means the Coyotes are almost certainly headed out of town for good.

Canucks put Ballard on regular waivers | ProHockeyTalk
The fact that he’s not on $100 unconditional waivers is an important distinction because he needs to clear unconditional waivers before he can be bought out.

Tim Thomas exploring NHL return as free agent; Flyers likely destination? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Thomas will be an unrestricted free agent on July 5, which means he rockets to the top of a crowded field of goaltending options for teams in need of a short-term solution.

Brodeur shocked, but happy with Schneider trade | ProHockeyTalk
"I’m not going to play forever. I think it’s great that I’m going to be able to play with him. I’m definitely going to try to push him and get my ice time as much as I can while I’m still able to play. Definitely, he’s the future of the organization."

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