Wilderness Walk: Free Agency... 1... GO!

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Free Agency begins today at 11:00 AM

Good morning, Wilderness!

Free agency begins today... the 2nd best time of the year. It's anything BUT a slow news day, with some great news, some sad news, some laughs, and (my favorite) a return of #LancheLogic.

I'm getting ahead of myself... but let's go! Here's some Free Agency hype music for your Walk.

Wild News

Minnsota Wild Take Alex Tuch With FIrst Round Draft Pick |Gone Puck Wild
The Minnesota Wild selected Alex Tuch with the 18th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. The 18 year old hails from Baldwinsville New York.

Wild Makes Qualifying Offers To Five | Minnesota Wild - News
The Wild have officially declared their interest in retaining Blum, Fontaine, Kuemper, Niederreiter, and Zucker. The other Restricted Free Agents on the Wild's roster still twist in the wind...

Vanek Watch: Meeting In Minnesota | Team of 18,001
Giles continues to closely follow #VanekPanic - also known as #VanekWatch

Ehrhoff vs Niskanen | Team of 18,001
Giles takes a look at Ehrhoff and Niskanen, comparing which might be the better option for the Wild.

MN Wild Reveal New Scoreboard to Be Installed At Xcel Energy Center | Wild Blog on KFAN FM 100.3
Ugh... I was hoping Minnesota could stay out of the preposterous arms race that exists in pro sports scoreboards...

Xcel Energy Center, Wild will unveil new center-ice video board Sept. 27 | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com
The whole first paragraph is in all capitals. Just ugh.

Can Wild, Vanek find enough common ground? | Pioneer Press
Today may have marked the final day we have to discuss this possibility... one way or the other.

EXCLUSIVE: Catching Up With The Outgoing Scoreboard | Team of 18,001
Giles nets an exclusive interview with the out-going scoreboard we all love from the X.

Goal scorers Vanek, Iginla are atop Wild's list in free agency | Star Tribune
Thomas Vanek enjoyed his meeting with Wild coach Mike Yeo late Sunday, and the feeling was said to be mutual... all signs point to a signing.

Off the Trail

Colorado Avalanche trade PA Parenteau to Montreal Canadiens for Daniel Briere | NHL.com
I'm just surprised that Colorado is willing to sign ANYONE who is not (allegedly) 18.

Avalanche trade P.A. Parenteau, fifth round pick, to Canadiens for Daniel Briere | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Worth reading just for: "speaking of being high, one wonders if the team in Colorado was...."

Sidney Crosby Should Seek Sports Psychologist | The Hockey Writers
Solution: found. A sports psychologist should improve Crosby's DREADFUL CF%Rel of +10.6% this past postseason, and should help bring up his lowly 1.95 points per game. With stats like that, it's amazing Crosby isn't on the next link...

Dead Weight: 5 Players That Must Be a Compliance Buyout | The Hockey Writers

What We Learned: The problem with NHL no-trade clauses | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Wait, you mean those aren't just extra lines in a contract? I should THINK before I put them in? Nonsense.

Will anyone give T.J. Brennan a shot? | ProHockeyTalk
Scoring sensation in the AHL is a pending UFA... Will the Wild give him a chance? Should they?

Hello, good-bye: Toronto to buy out Gleason | ProHockeyTalk
Not a compliance buyout. The Leafs already used their two... but the Leafs ARE buying out the Wild's next top-pairing d-man.

Niskanen’s agent is confident he can get 7-year deal for ‘premier defenseman in the free agent market’ | ProHockeyTalk
Hopefully the Wild ARE NOT 'confident' that signing Nisky is the right choice.

Recapping the NHL Draft | Grantland.com
Sean gives his take on the Draft... Lengthy, but worth reading.

Players to watch as NHL free agency begins | Star Tribune
There aren't many FA's... so we could see a fire sale.

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