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Wilderness Walk 7-13-2013

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Good day, Wilderness!

Has anyone missed me since last week? As you all see this, I will be enjoying a fun day on the lake and at our cabin in Wisconsin's beautiful Northwoods. I was unable to post my Walk last week as my Internet connection was being cranky and deciding not to work on me, so Aaron was nice enough to cover it for me. Now, it's be working fine ever since, and I'm now back.

For the past few days, the Wild have had their summer development camp, where their prospects get to work on their skills. Later today in my featured article, you'll get to see my thoughts on how the Wild will benefit from the home-grown talent Avery Peterson has to offer.

With all that out of the way, let's get to today's Walk.

Wild News

Wild agree to terms on deal with defenseman Blum - Times Union - Awesome. The Wild could use some more power on the defensive end.

Despite early playoff exit, Parise said first season with Wild went as expected | INFORUM - Well said, Parise. This is just the beginning of the WIld becoming a serious Stanley Cup contender.

Mouthpiece: Wild's top guys need to produce - - Ain't that the truth. Maybe we would have got further into the playoffs had our top line played better...

The Minnesota Wild Sign UFA Defenceman Jonathon Blum - Gone Puck Wild - A Minnesota Wild Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More - Ger Devine's take on the Wild signing Blum.

Tending the Fields

Minnesota Wild: Brett Bulmer eager to prove he's NHL-worthy - - Bulmer played nine games for the Wild back in the 2011-12 season, just one short of the cutoff that would have kept him with the Wild that whole season. Over this last season, he played some postseason games with the Houston Aeros and has participated in the Wild's summer development camp, and says he is ready to play at the NHL level.

Off the Trail

NHL notebook: Hawks extend Quenneville | Toronto Sun - Surprise, surprise.

NHL, NHLPA donate $100,000 to Alberta flood relief efforts - - Wow. What a friendly gesture by the NHL and NHLPA.

Ranking the 10 Most Hated Players in NHL History | Bleacher Report - Want to know the 10 most hated players in the history of the NHL? Check out this post.