Wilderness Walk: USA! USA! USA! Edition

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Zach Parise and Ryan Suter are in, Jason Pominville is out, concerning the United States Olympic Team. Oh! And there's a Game Day, too!

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That's right, Wilderness, we don't only give our devotion to the Minnesota Wild. There's another hockey team we're called upon to serve, and I'm darned excited to root for the American squad in the Olympics.

And I know everyone else here feels the same way. Or had better. You're on notice JS (who hails from Not America), and Ger, (who is from another Not America). Root for America, or else!

Anyway, it's a big day for Team America, as they announced their roster for the 2014 Winter Olympics, which are fast approaching. For the Wild, this represents the best news in some time now, at least for some people. Zach Parise and Ryan Suter will be on the team, but that's no surprise, they've been locks for this whole process. The news was not so good for Jason Pominville, who is off the roster for the Americans. He was not in the running for some time, but his hot start at least put him into the conversation. I guess it wasn't enough.

As for the Wild, things are getting desperate. But fortunately for them, they couldn't be given more of a layup than the Buffalo Sabres at home tonight. Buffalo is even worse than the Wild have been playing as of late. They should, and need to win this game. If they can't do that, then they can't be helped.

Anyway, enjoy your breakfast, and let's go on a walk.

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MURCA!

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Wild News

Yeo under fire as Wild mired in slump | Star Tribune- Yeo's fighting for his job.

Minnesota Wild: Buffalo seems to be right opponent for struggling team - TwinCities.com- You would hope so.

Mike Yeo on Thin Ice in Minnesota After Devastating December Collapse- Truth.

The Team of 18,001: Minnesota's Winter Classic Hopes Looks Dim- The Wild aren't appearing to take the next step, and the only way for them to be marketable is for that to happen. Unless, maybe, Parise and Suter capture some imaginations at the Olympics like Ryan Miller did in 2010.

The Team of 18,001: Halfway Home- Giles reviews the Wild's first half, too.

The Team of 18,001: The Top 13 Stories of '13- He also lists the top stories of 2013. HE'S ON FIRE!!!!!!!

Off The Trail

Meet U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team for Sochi 2014; who got snubbed? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Jason Pominville.

Olympic hockey: 10 with Minnesota connections make U.S. team - TwinCities.com- ONE OF US!

Team USA men's hockey roster for Sochi Olympics has depth, gold medal potential | Home Ice - SI.com- OTHER COUNTRIES, YOUR GAME IS THROUGH / SO NOW YOU HAVE TO ANSWER TO / AMERICA / F*** YEAH! / SO LICK MY BUTT AND SUCK ON MAH BALLS!

How the U.S. hockey team bound for the Sochi Olympics was named - ESPN- Really good article that gets candid and behind the scenes of the selection process.

USA Hockey mistakenly tells 67-year-old Canadian he made Olympic roster | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Still a better player than Dany Heatley.

Tyler Bozak’s shootout goal helps Maple Leafs beat Red Wings in Winter Classic | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- This game happened while I was at work. So I've no opinion.

Hurricanes send Tim Gleason to Maple Leafs for John-Michael Liles | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- The Wild might be looking to make a trade, too.

NHL - Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues among top projected point totals by end of 2013-14 season - ESPN- This is what the Wild are going up against.

Behind Enemy Lines

For more news and analysis on the Buffalo Sabres, please visit our friends at Die By The Blade.

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