Today the Wild start their training camp. It should be a fun, exciting time where the Wild get to play with their line combinations and introduce their new tweaks and what nots. There's even some open scrimmages that you're going to be able to see.
But for us, it's the unofficial end of the offseason. You're going to get a feel for it when you get to the Walk, but there's going to be more features, more stories, and more news concerning the Wild. Good news for me, good news for you, and most importantly: News. News is good.
So with that in mind, on to the Walk.
Yeo enters crucial third season as Wild coach | Star Tribune- Russo's first big feature of the year, catching Yeo at a pivotal moment. The Wild need to show improvement over last season in order for his job to be safe. Not backing into the playoffs would be the absolute minimum, but I think that he's got to get deep into a playoff series, if not win it outright.
Minnesota Wild have better skaters, and now a system that fits them - TwinCities.com- Time will tell at how different the system will be. It's taken the Wild forever just to shoot more.
Minnesota Wild: For young players, it's all about the first impression - TwinCities.com- Previewing the young players as they get ready for camp.
Minnesota Wild Player Previews 2013/2014: Jason Pominville - Gone Puck Wild- Ger takes a look at what to expect from Pom Pom, the Mayor of Pominville.
First Round Bust: "Becoming Wild" Returns For Third Season- Mike Yeo will be the subject of the first episode.
Tending the Fields
First Round Bust: 2013 Traverse City Roundup- In case "Last Place" isn't all you need to read.
First Round Bust: FRB Top 20 Prospects: #11...Daniel Gunnarsson- I really like Gunnarsson. I'm really interested to see him come to America.
The Team of 18,001: Top 10 Prospects: #9 Mario Lucia- Giles profiles Lucia.
Off the Trail
Nazem Kadri agrees to 2-year deal with Maple Leafs, because what else could he do? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Hold out! It worked well for Marian Gaborik!
Thoughts on Thoughts: NHL clarifies illegal check to head rule | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com- Some thoughts from Justin Bourne, offering a different perspective on someone else's thoughts.
Meet the Winnipeg Jets--Burned by Burmistrov - Gone Puck Wild- Burmistrov was a nice little player
NHL Pre-season Predictions: Central Division - No. 4 Dallas Stars - The Hockey News- The Wild will finish 3rd in this projection, if you care.
Detroit Red Wings, 2013-14 (Puck Daddy Gold Medal Preview) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- The Division Rival That Got Away.
Brett Clark also receives Panthers camp invite | ProHockeyTalk- I can't remember a single thing he did with the Wild.
Sabres invite former Wild first-rounder Gillies to camp | ProHockeyTalk- Wish the dude well. It's certainly not his fault that Doug Risebrough was an idiot in his draft year. The truth about Gilles is that a lot of first-round picks have accomplished less than he has.
Watch Peter Chiarelli and Bruins staff make decision to deal Tyler Seguin (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- This is really interesting. I wish Becoming Wild was more like this, and it actually was in the first season.
Cost of hockey forced Houston Texans NFL star J.J. Watt to quit the sport | Home Ice - SI.com- It would be nice to see hockey be, you know, less expensive. It'd be sweet if JJ Watt played hockey instead of football.
Martin Havlat: A Tale of Injury and Decline- Here is a better tale: