Wilderness Walk: Finals Edition

The Original Wild! - Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Would our playoff luck be different if we had netted Gaborik at the Trade Deadline? Most Likely

I might be a prophet.  ...Making the Case for Gaborik!!!!! - Hockey Wilderness, here’s one of my previous posts from January making a case to bring back Gaborik to the Minnesota Wild. Everybody laughed at the idea of bringing Gaborik back. He was to old, to injured, and a shell of his former self. BR and the Moose thought I was crazy!!! Well the rest is history! I would also like to point out that I started bashing the Vanek on the Wild idea before it was the cool thing to do!

Imagine if we had traded for Gabby instead of Moulson. It may have only cost us a 2nd and Phillips or Zucker. All I know is those 13 goals sure wouldn’t have hurt our playoff chances. Plus, Gaborik is one of the rare NHL players that actually has some chemistry with Mikko Koivu. Oh well

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Also, anybody else feel bad for Ryan Callahan? I’ll admit I don’t often feel bad for professional athletes. They get paid extremely well to exercise and play all day. They also usually get free meals, big houses, expensive cars, and hot wives! But when you’re the Rangers Captain, and you then have to watch the Rangers advance to the Stanley Cup Finals after you’ve been traded. Ouch!

Dany Heatley in DA HOUSE (via OttawaGh0st4)

Dany Heatley -- Hitler reacts to news that he has turned down a trade. (via inOttawa)


On to Your Walk

Wild News

Peter Bartos: Minnesota Wild A-Z
Today in Minnesota Wild A-Z we take a look at Peter Bartos.

Still In The Hunt

Marian Gaborik successful for Los Angeles Kings into Stanley Cup Final - Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final
Marian Gaborik has been a major reason the Los Angeles Kings will face the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final.

New York Rangers' speed to test Los Angeles Kings' depth, toughness in Stanley Cup Final - Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final
The New York Rangers' speed will be matched up against the Los Angeles Kings' depth and toughness in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.

NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs: John Buccigross offers his finals Twitter bag - ESPN
John Buccigross, that is all!

Rangers-Kings Preview - Yahoo Sports
Nice preview here

2014 Stanley Cup finals -- Jonathan Quick of Los Angeles Kings says he's fine after shot to neck area - ESPN Los Angeles
Kings star goalie Jonathan Quick took a shot up around the collar-bone/neck area Tuesday in practice

Sather: Rangers understand challenge of Kings in Cup final
He understands it wont be easy

NHL reduces Carcillo's suspension from 10 games to six
The Goon Squad is back!

Chris Kreider of New York Rangers a legend in Massachusetts hometown - Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final
Legend may be a stretch, but he's pretty good at taking out goalies

Other News

No pull-ups, no problem for top NHL draft prospect Bennett
Not even one?

College Hockey News: Lucia, Minnesota In Great Shape
Minnesota is never in great shape, plus they are the Canucks of college hockey!

Final ISS rankings for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft
Final Prospect Rankings

NHL Scouting Combine Continues To Evolve - 2014Draft
Hopefully we evolve along with it

2014 Stanley Cup playoffs -- Game 7 between Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks sets viewership milestones - ESPN
Many people watched a great game! Gets these games moved to NBC!

Chicago Blackhawks GM says Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews extensions top offseason priority - ESPN Chicago
Yes, that does seem important!

Report: Grabovski signs deal with Belarusian soccer club
Why play hockey when you could play soccer

Devils re-sign pending UFA Zidlicky to one-year, $3M deal
Good for him, glad he's gone

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