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Wilderness Walk 6-11-2013: So..... Hockey? Edition

Another day waiting for the finals, its just one more sleep Wilderness, I promise you!

Because it's the Cup.
Because it's the Cup.
Alex Trautwig

The Stanley Cup Finals are almost here ladies and gentlemen. I know it seems like a year since we have had any hockey on TV. Well I make you this promise Wilderness, if you can hold out just one more day, just one more sleep, well then I promise you Wednesday night will bring you playoff hockey once again. We have a good amount of fun news today, there is a eulogy slipped in there and we have some good match up stuff to get you ready for the final.

On a personal note, today will mark my 5th day tobacco free! It's been a lot of fun ruining my lungs and spending needless money for years on those heart darts, but their time has come to an end and my wife and I are both moving forward without them.

Wild News

Defending The Blue Line Announces NHL Players Charity Game |
If you're not busy this day now you are. If you are busy this day I think your plans just changed.

SenShot's NHL Awards Preview - Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy - SenShot - An Ottawa Senators Fan Site
A peak at the Masterton finalists and a little spot for you to vote for your favorite! Pssst! You should vote Harding.

Off the Trail

Report: Subban wins Norris Trophy | ProHockeyTalk

Tale of the Tape: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Boston Bruins | Backhand Shelf | Blogs |
Who has the advantage? Where are the holes? Why am I asking you this when you can just read the article?

Cup finals questions: Can Chicago break through Boston’s ‘layers’? | ProHockeyTalk
The more I look at this stuff, the more excited I get for this series.

Here are your 2013 Stanley Cup finals officials | ProHockeyTalk
And the people you will inevitably claim cannot do their jobs worth a damn are ....

Corey Crawford is fulfilling his dream | ProHockeyTalk
He's been stellar that is for sure. He has one more test ahead of him, against a team he has not faced all season.

Eulogy: Remembering the 2012-13 Pittsburgh Penguins | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
They did not live quite as long as some expected, and I am always a happier hockey fan with the Penguins out of contention.

Ref embarrassment in AHL Calder Cup: Missed goal leads to 22-minute period (Video) | Puck Daddy
Whoa.... tough to see on the video but impressive!

Rangers receive permission from Sabres to interview Ruff | ProHockeyTalk
A lot of pressure when its the players who get to decide who stays and who goes behind the bench.

Report: Dallas interested in Tortorella for coaching gig | ProHockeyTalk
He would have to start worrying about the reporters cattle roping him and firing pistols in the air if I'm up to date on my stereotypes.

Nashville re-signs Josi to seven-year, $28 million deal | ProHockeyTalk
I believe the folks in Nashville would say, "Ryan Suter who?"

Edmonton’s Hartikainen signs in KHL | ProHockeyTalk
Who wouldn't want to get out of Edmonton?