Wilderness Walk: Fifth of July Edition

Todd Warshaw

Hope everyone had a great holiday!

Well, July 4th 2014 wasn't quite as eventful as July 4th 2012.  I hope everyone had a fun and safe Fourth of July.  As expected, things were pretty quiet on the NHL free agency front.  Teams signed the big names on July 1st, but there still are quite a few players that should be offered a contract at some point.  29 teams are still on #HeatlyWatch, and the suspense is almost unbearable.  In all seriousness, the offseason is not over, so expect some more signings and possible trades in the coming weeks.

Pretty slow news day so on to the (brief) Walk.

Wild News

This Day in Hockey History | theScoreA look back at that fateful day two years ago.  One of the greatest days in the life of a Wild fan.

Off The Trail

Trending Topics: NHL free agent value system is still broken | Puck Daddy - Yahoo SportsLambert actually brings us some good (and obvious) points.  As much as teams say they are looking into using advanced stats, they are still signing awful players to huge contracts.  Ex. Clayton Stoner and Brooks Orpik.

Dallas Stars: Rebuilders Or Contenders? Why Not Both?We may deny it, but Dallas is a good team that is getting better.  If they somehow get their hands on an effective defensemen or two, watch out.

Senators' Ryan to new teammate Legwand: 'This is awkward' | theScore Ryan welcomes Legwand to the team by bringing up an awkward memory.

Report: Gretzky joins group wanting NHL team in Seattle | ProHockeyTalk- The Great One tries his hand at bringing hockey to Seattle.

NHL free-agent market has plenty of talent still available - NHL Free Agency 2014- A look at some of the best free agents still available.

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