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Wilderness Walk for 9-12-2012: Welcome Back Edition

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Oh. You were excited to see these two? Well, swallow that bitterness down. You'll fit right in here.
Oh. You were excited to see these two? Well, swallow that bitterness down. You'll fit right in here.

Around the SB Nation sites, you will notice some common themes. General awesomeness (except in Edmonton), a strong dose of highly talented writers (see previous caveat), and then there is the daily link posts. These are an attempt to get you up to speed on the day's news, promote fellow writers, and ensure we are all on the same page. Each site has a creative name for their link posts.

Around here, we just call it The Walk.

Welcome back to everyone who has been missing over the long, desolate summer. Hello again to everyone who has been around for the torture. Join us for the first installment of The Walk.

Wild News

Wild veteran Matt Cullen on looming lockout: "I don’t know how that will be avoided" | StarTribune.com - Agreed, Matt. Agreed.

NHL lockout looms; Minnesota Wild players weigh options - TwinCities.com - Wish we had some options.

WILD PUCK BANTER: Lockout Consequences - Looks like WPB is all set for the lockout.

Tending the Fields

Dumba to take up leadership role with Rebels - sportsnet.ca - As if that weren't a known quantity.

Looks like Aeros will get top Wild prospects, NHL lockout or not | Hockey Stop | a Chron.com blog - A couple days old, but no less important to at least one member of the HW staff.

Orlando Solar Bears add veteran defenseman Derick Martin - The ECHL affiliate is going to have some tough choices if the big club is locked out.

Off the Trail

For the uninitiated, Off the Trail is where everything else goes.

SB Nation United: the big rebrand | Vox Product - You saw the new HW logo. Now read about the process.

Wait What? Actual News? A Signing? What Do We Do Now? - Second City Hockey -At least someone around here has something to write about.

NHL lockout means no more player promotion from teams | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports - Meh. I wasn't paying much attention, anyway.

Justin Bieber gets totally legit contract offer from ECHL’s Bakersfield Condors | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports - This is like saying Satan has been invited to speak at the Vatican. Make it stop. Please?

The title of "Coolest Outdoor Game Ever" has a new owner | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com - This is the coolest thing you will see all day. Unless of course you count... this:

Well done, gentlemen. Well done.