Wilderness Walk 8-25-2013: 38 Days Edition

Is it October yet? - USA TODAY Sports

#IsItOctoberYet?

I find in many of my circles of peers, my rooting for the coming fall and winter season is not met with the same enthusiasm. In fact, most of those folks downright loath the cold season here in Minnesota. I don't quite understand it myself, aside from the occasional pain in the butt the winter snow can be I find the season to be wonderful. As the sun starts to set earlier and earlier each day, we move closer and closer to the start of NHL hockey once again, and so we walk.

Wild News

Season Outlook: Buffalo Sabres vs. Minnesota Wild - Sabre Noise
They are already looking forward to the return of Jason Pominville in Buffalo.

Off the Trail

NHL goalies to use shorter leg pads in 2013-14 season - NHL.com - NHL Insider
The NHL, with the approval of the National Hockey League Players' Association, has changed the rules governing the length of a goaltender's leg pads for the 2013-14 season, making them a bit shorter so they don't block as much of the five hole between a goalie's legs.

The Mikhail Grabovski Factor - Capitals Outsider
Despite a few past conflicts, Mikhail Grabovski's reputation with teammates on the ice is actually very positive.

Grabovski thinks Oates understands him | ProHockeyTalk
As opposed to his old coach, who is a "f*^$%&^ idiot".

Canada will open Olympic camp Sunday - NHL.com - News
Fifteen players from Canada's 2010 Olympic gold-medal winning team and an additional 31 hopefuls are meeting for a three-day orientation camp.

Scott Stafford, one-handed hockey player, trying out for CHL’s Denver Cutthroats | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Tough not to root for this kid.

Devils hoping for stability off the ice with new ownership | ProHockeyTalk
The New Jersey 76ers Devils have been pretty good at flushing money down the toilet, with new ownership they are hoping to turn around on their financial mess at least.

Survey reveals spike in worldwide hockey players | ProHockeyTalk
Go world! Canada, you're slacking!

Meet the Dallas Stars--Prospect Pool Replenished With Intriguing 2013 Draft Class - Gone Puck Wild
Gone Puck Wild takes a look at the Dallas Stars' latest draft class.

Roberto Luongo explored voiding his contract with Vancouver Canucks - NHL.com
Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo told TSN he had discussions with the NHL Players' Association this offseason about voiding his contract with the team.

2013-14 NHL - Biggest drops from starting to backup goalie - ESPN
Neil Greenberg assesses the NHL landscape at the goaltender position and provides his take on which teams have the biggest drop-off from starter to backup.

Just for Kicks

United Fall 1-0 to Carolina RailHawks | MN United FC
MUFC drops another one on the road.

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