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Felony Against Aaron Boogaard Dismissed

The Star Tribune is reporting that the felony charge of "sale of a controlled substance" against Aaron Boogaard has been dismissed by a judge. A misdemeanor charge still is pending. In a tale that involves so much sadness, it is nice to see something good happen, even if it is simply the dismissal of a charge that seemed cold-hearted to begin with. Boogaard currently remains with the Houston Aeros.

PuckDaddy West Predictions: 2 Pick Wild for Playoffs

So two of the PuckDaddy editors/writers have picked the Wild to make the playoffs this season. Wysh and Chesnokov pick the Wild to surprise this season (Wysh #7 and Ches #8). Those two, plus Lambert, pick the Wild to finish 2nd in the North West. What boggles the mind then is why they picked Mooney, the only PuckDaddy writer involved to pick the Wild dead last in the NW, as the person who should write the season preview.

Video of Kassian/Hordichuk fight.

Video of Kassian/Hordichuk fight.

From Puck Daddy, via HF Boards & In Goal Mag, this is the back plate on Josh Harding's new mask. As...

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From Puck Daddy, via HF Boards & In Goal Mag, this is the back plate on Josh Harding's new mask. As you can see, it honors Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien, and Pavol Demitra. The imagery used on Harding's masks has always been powerful, and once again, Harding shows he is a true class act. For the full story of the mask, please visit the story on Puck Daddy.

Episode five of Becoming Wild is now available for our out of town friends. Please enjoy, and be...

Episode five of Becoming Wild is now available for our out of town friends. Please enjoy, and be sure to visit Wild.com/BecomingWild for all of the episodes, plus teasers and out takes.

Great feature by Russo - Derek Boogaard: A killer addiction

Two years ago, in August, Ryan Boogaard had a disturbing phone conversation with his older brother. "He was just out of it. He wasn't Derek," Ryan said. "I had no idea what was going on. I hung up, immediately called my parents and said, 'There's something wrong with Derek.'" The same introverted Derek Boogaard was observed at the Minnesota State Fair around the same time. Out to model the Wild's new third jersey, the fun-loving enforcer looked sluggish and unhappy. "A month later," Ryan said, "we found out he was hooked on painkillers." It would be an addiction Derek Boogaard would never beat. On May 13, he died from a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful painkiller Oxycodone.

Blogger's Breakout - Minnesota Wild

In which I help out our friends at Fantasy Hockey Scouts to determine who the breakouts and busts for the Wild will be this season. Last season, my prediction was Guillaume Latendresse. Whoops. For those of you who play fantasy hockey, be sure to check out their Breakout Bible, Fantasy Scouting Report, and other excellent resources, all for purchase at their site. Enjoy.

Hockey's Future Top 20 Wild Prospects

How does Hockey's Future compare to our Hockey Wilderness reader list? Who's rated too high? Too low?

Dear Lord what is that!? Why it's the new Reebok Black Ice Premier Jersey! Or the most ridiculous...

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Dear Lord what is that!? Why it's the new Reebok Black Ice Premier Jersey! Or the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen.

Aeros Unveil New Sweaters

Our friends over at Icethetics have images of the new sweaters from the Houston Aeros. As they mention, the jerseys look like they are meant to pull the Aeros more inline with the Wild branding, which is a good idea for marketing reasons, as well as to give the taste to the players. Head over and check out the photos, let us know what you think.

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