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Wilderness Walk for 9-17-2012: Bring the Pain

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Random search term of the day: biscuit. It gets you guy grabbing crotch while playing ping pong.
Random search term of the day: biscuit. It gets you guy grabbing crotch while playing ping pong.

If I recall correctly, today would have started a handful of training camps around the league. That, obviously, is not happening. You can bet canceled preseason games will be shortly behind.

Good times.

Our Walk is relatively short today, since yesterday saw nearly every site that covers hockey delivering the same news we brought you. There were some highlights, so we'll include those. Since there also seems to be some question as to who the fans are blaming for the lockout, we'll have our own poll. Apparently, the polls running at the 200 other sites running polls, all with the same result, weren't good enough.

We all know the Wilderness is the only group to ask, so we'll ask. Enjoy.

Tending the Fields

NHL lockout: AHL stockpiles talent; who should you watch? - NHL - Sporting News - The Sporting News says there are five teams to watch in the AHL. Apparently, the Aeros aren't one of them. Prepare to eat crow, Sporting News.

Lockout News

NHL and Wild issue messages to their fans | StarTribune.com - And no one buys any of it.

The NHL goes dark once again | StarTribune.com - Shhh... they're hunting rabbits.

City braces for loss of Wild fans' business | Minnesota Public Radio News - Please go support your favorite institution near the X. They need you right now.

The flurry of contract signings points to a long lockout, not a quick fix | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com - Agreed. Seems like it was good enough.

Bovada releases NHL lockout odds; finally, you can profit from your despair | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports - Are you a gambler? Here's your odds.

Ex-Gen. Manager Of MN North Stars Talks Lockout " CBS Minnesota - Lou Nanne weighs in.