Backstrom dominates the news cycle today, as well as the Noon Number, and also, congrats to the Blackhawks. If you're going to get beat, get beat by the best.. So stay tuned for today's HW content, fellow puckheads.
Math must add up for Wild to re-sign Cullen | StarTribune.com- And I doubt it will. Even if there's a buyout, I don't think Cullen gets re-signed.
Backstrom signing gives Wild some salary-cap wiggle room | StarTribune.com- This is the best part of this signing, IMO, particularly for the next two offseasons.
Offseason Analysis: The Nicklas Backstrom Re-Signing - Gone Puck Wild- Friend of the Wilderness Ger takes offers his take on Backstrom's re-signing.
Niklas Backstrom's 3-year deal has multiple meanings for the Minnesota Wild- And Derek looks at what this says about the Wild's front office.
Tending the Fields
Iowa Wild's John Torchetti Takes Head Coach Position in KHL - Gone Puck Wild- Good luck to Torchetti. I'll let people who covered Houston speak to his impact on the Aeros.
First Round Bust: #NHLDraft2013: Looking At Candidates for #46- Our friends at FRB take a look at players the Wild might get in the second round.
First Round Bust: #NHLDraft2013: Candidates for #46 - Keaton Thompson- Maybe the Wild might be interested in the next Nick Leddy?
First Round Bust: #NHLDraft2013: Candidates For #46 - Jimmy Lodge- Perhaps the Wild would like a risky but speedy, skilled forward?
2013 NHL Entry Draft Speculation for the Minnesota Wild: Goaltenders- Derek at State of Hockey News looks at goaltenders the Wild might draft.
Off the Trail
10 takeaways from Game 6: The Chicago Blackhawks are your Stanley Cup champions | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com- Takeaways from the last game of the season. And holy crap, was that crazy?
Are the Chicago Blackhawks an NHL dynasty? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- No.
Blackhawks vs. Bruins Stanley Cup Final most watched ‘on record’ in U.S. | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Yay?
Report: ‘Starting point’ for Rask’s new deal is six years, $39 million | ProHockeyTalk- Hard to say he doesn't deserve it.
Bryz buyout: Flyers paying $23 million to make Ilya Bryzgalov disappear | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- The least surprising news of the whole offseason.
Fresh off Stanley Cup loss, Bruins won’t use compliance buyouts: report | ProHockeyTalk- So there goes the whole "Use the remaining cap space to get Chara" plan.
Dave Lozo’s Bag Skate: The offseason will be an orgy of trades, signings and buyouts like never before | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com- God, I hope so...
John Tortorella officially hired as head coach, expects Sedins to kill penalties | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- WOW, WHAT A TOUGH HARDNOSED COACH HE IS ACTUALLY EXPECTING PLAYERS TO KILL PENALTIES!
HOCK.ly - Future of Hockey Content June 25, 2013 - Joomag A new, online hockey magazine run by friend of the Wilderness B.D. Gallof. Lots of stuff on the draft and some prospect talk. Em's take on the Wild prospects is on page 58.