Wilderness Walk: Amnesty International Edition

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The Amnesty buyout window opens... will the Wild use their remaining buyout?

The news realm isn't booming... with the windows for trades, buyouts, contracting, etc. opening, hold tight for a flood of news (possibly).

There will not be a podcast this week, but hold tight for next week. We at Hockey Wilderness will continue our trade target series, as well as our mock draft. In case you missed it, The Noogie picked Joshua Ho-Sang for the Wild.

For now, on to the walk.

Wild News

Milestone Moments: Harding Named Third Star of November - Minnesota Wild | Features
The Wild's website break down some of Harding's Milestones

Thomas Vanek to the Wild 'no longer a given' after playoff performance | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
What's that? A player played poorly in a small sample size? Let's alter our whole opinion of him or her!

Ladislav Benysek: Minnesota Wild A-Z | Gone Puck Wild
Gone Puck Wild takes a look at Ladislav Benysek

The Team of 18,001: 2013-14 Season In Review: Mike Yeo
The ToET looks at Yeo's season

The Team of 18,001: 2013-14 Season In Review: Chuck Fletcher
The ToET looks at GMCF's season

The Team of 18,001: No Need For An Amnesty
An argument for not amnestying anyone on the Wild. I'm inclined to agree.

In the Hole (Gopher News)

Lewis, Micheletti, Halldorson among 13 additions this year to Gophers sports Hall of Fame | Star Tribune
The Gopher Hall of Fame has new additions

On Tap (Draft News)

There is A TON of draft coverage and prospect profiles over at SBN College Hockey. Check it out!

Off the Trail

Shoalts: The gap between the NHL’s haves and have-nots remains wide | The Globe and Mail
Some interesting numbers regarding team revenues.

Mirtle: Plenty of buyouts expected to kick off NHL’s season | The Globe and Mail
There are some salary cap issues looming for some teams (possibly). Things could get interesting.

Quick and Lundqvist Faced A Lot of Shots in Game 5... Let's Look at That  | NHL
A breakdown of the two goalies in the Stanley Cup Finals

NHL and the Olympics: Everyone Benefits - The Hockey Writers
An interesting take on the Olympics and their role in the NHL season

The LA Kings are not a dynasty | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
It's the offseason... activate controversy manufacturing!

Five reasons why the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup - Kings vs Rangers  | NHL
Why not look at a top five list while we wait for the draft?

Drew Doughty's was one of the best performances in the playoffs  | NHL
Why not look at a top five list while we wait for the draft?

MVP Justin Williams is definition of clutch - Cross Checks Blog | ESPN
Not my pick for the MVP... but also not my choice.

Chicago Blackhawks favored to win 2015 Stanley Cup | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Bovada has already crowned the Hawks. Not a terrible pick, but let's play the season anyways, shall we?

Report: Flames make pitch to Senators; Spezza 'has no desire whatsoever to stay in Canada' | theScore
The Flames tried to grab Spezza, but he wants out of the North completely. Might we find him in in the Dreadfort? Would we want to?

Stanley Cup playoffs: a look back | Star Tribune
Facts and figues about the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs, which ended Friday night when the Kings won their second Stanley Cup in three years:

Here come the Coburn-Oilers rumors again | ProHockeyTalk
Last summer's hot rumor is new again.

Rangers offseason filled with questions | ProHockeyTalk
They have some economic decisions to make and free agents to retain, if they can.

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