After having very little time to digest the news that Matt Cooke signed with the Wild, we can all finally have a discussion about him, now that he's had his press conference today. And good thing, too, because the Wilderness has had much too little Matt Cooke discussion in the last few days.
Seriously, folks, I read your wishes, those who wish to have a moratorium on Matt Cooke discussion. Those who can no longer stomach the debate as to whether he's cleaned up or not. It's just not in the cards to respect those wishes today. If it helps any, there's some other stuff, too. About Erik Haula, and Nate Prosser and stuff. Apologies, and onto the Walk.
Matt Cooke dons Wild sweater for the first time | StarTribune.com- Presented without commentary.
Tom Powers: Matt Cooke should stir things up for Minnesota Wild - TwinCities.com- Presented without commentary, except to say that if I want someone to talk about what everyone was talking about three days ago, Tom Powers is my guy.
Nate Prosser: Minnesota Wild Bottom-Pairing Blue Liner or Reserve Defenseman? - Gone Puck Wild- Dakota takes a look at Nate Prosser and what he can bring to the team, as well as what his role might be.
First Round Bust: Welcome Back Columbus! Minnesota Releases 2013 Preseason Schedule- A brief look at the preseason schedule.
Tending the Fields
Minnesota Wild's Matt Dumba is shooting for the NHL | StarTribune.com- Missed this from yesterday, but more quotes and stuff written about Matt Dumba, who is awesome, and also with whom I would like to make babies with. Never mind the fact that A) I've no womb, and B) this violates the half-your-age-plus-seven rule.
Minnesota Wild: Erik Haula's next step could be NHL - TwinCities.com- Haula's name has been coming up quite a bit as of late. Something you'll want to pay attention to.
Off the Trail
Tuukka Rask re-signs with Bruins for $56 million over eight years | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Had to know he was getting big money.
David Perron traded to edmonton Oilers for Magnus Paajarvi, pick | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- I actually kind of like this trade for the Blues. The Blues have grit, need skill. Perron has a pretty alarming injury history. The sense I get is that people like this from edmonton's side, but I think this can work out for St. Louis.
Does ‘first ballot Hall of Famer’ matter in hockey? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- I don't think so. I think the whole concept of "first ballot" is silly. You're either a Hall of Famer, or you're not.
Why Justin Bieber is my hockey hero today | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Justin Bieber stepped all over the Blackhawks logo, and Greg Wyshynski could not be happier about that. And frankly, it doesn't bum me out too much, either.
Why the media (and everyone else) should keep their shoes off the team logo in the dressing room | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com- Justin Bourne offers the counterpoint. Reasonable people can disagree.
Rec Hockey Tips: There’s a pretty good chance you need work picking up passes | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com- Here you go, rec hockey types. Have some fun.