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Wilderness Walk 7/16/2013: In Other News Edition

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Good morning Wilderness! Here is your daily procrastination ala links.

USA TODAY Sports

Yup, it's going to be a hot one out today folks. Nothing like a little heat stroke to get you pumped for some hockey. Unfortunately, not a whole lot of stuff out there you haven't seen before. We shall attempt to move forward, and this apparent lack of any non-Kovalchuk related musings across the interwebs. Today, we are in search of a mascot, Hextall fly's home and we have a trade to announce.

Minnesota Wild

Whoa, something appears to be missing here ....

Tending the Fields

First Round Bust: Iowa Wild Looking For A Mascot
What ridiculous animal type thing will they come up with?

Laxidasicle Meanderings

Bandits get a jump on rebuilding by making deal with Swarm - Sports - The Buffalo News
Swarm news you say? Why yes there is!

Off the Trail

Blake Geoffrion ends his comeback, retires from hockey | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
At just 25 years old, a head injury has ended a career too soon.

NHL rumors: Are Devils eyeing free agent Damien Brunner? - CBSSports.com
After losing Ilya Kovalchuk to the KHL, the Devils might be zeroing in on free-agent forward Damien Brunner to help fill the void.

Barkov, Lindholm sign entry-level contracts | ProHockeyTalk
A pair of top 2013 draft picks — Florida’s Aleksander Barkov (chosen second overall) and Carolina’s Elias Lindholm (fifth overall) — have signed their entry-level contracts.

Wings sign Smith to two-year, $2.525 million deal | ProHockeyTalk
The Wings drafted Smith 27th overall in 2007 and have slowly brought him along, as they tend to do with their prospects.

Josh Bailey signs 5-year deal with New York Islanders, Garth Snow remains smart | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Another rush job from the Islanders, who has come along nicely after a slow start.

Why Ilya Kovalchuk didn’t disrespect NJ Devils in leaving for KHL | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
So wait, now Kovalchuck isn't a terrible person for leaving his team? I'm so confused.

Ron Hextall back with Flyers, probably as their GM when Holmgren’s fired | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
The former Flyers netminder returns to Philadelphia to work in the front office.

Eric Belanger heads for the KHL | ProHockeyTalk
The former Minnesota Wild Center was bought out by the Oilers this summer.