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Wilderness Walk 7-20-2013: The Schedule has been Released! Edition

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Hannah Foslien

Hello, Wilderness!

Yesterday was a happy day for all of us hockey fans, as the NHL finally released this year's regular season after they reached an agreement with the IOC to let NHL players play in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. With that being the only big news of yesterday, let's get right into today's Walk.

Wild News

Minnesota Wild see 'a lot to like' in 2013-14 schedule - TwinCities.com - They should. Having new rivals like the St. Louis Blues, Nashville Predators, Dallas Stars, a reincarnation of the Minnesota-Chicago rivalry, as well as the Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets now being in the eastern conference, this season should be interesting. Interconference games are now back on too, which means the Wild will be facing every team in the eastern conference once again.

Minnesota Wild 2013-14 Regular Season Schedule Released - Gone Puck Wild - In case you missed it, here it is.

Myers: Three-week long Olympic break key feature of new Wild schedule | 1500 ESPN Twin Cities - This will be an interesting part of the season for the Wild as well as the rest of the NHL. Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, and Jason Pominville will be amongst the many representing Team USA, and Mikko Koivu, Niklas Backstrom, and Mikael Granlund will be some of the many representing Team Finland.

Tending the Fields

ST. PAUL, Minn.: Wild re-sign Fontaine, McMillan to 2-way deals | The Sun Herald - They're back!

Off the Trail

NHL Schedule Shows Realignment and Olympics Break - NYTimes.com - And the newly named divisions are: Pacific, Central, Metropolitan (couldn't they have come up with a better name?), and Atlantic.

Study: NHL outlawing hits to the head hasn't decreased concussions - SI.com - You think it would, right?

Players react to NHL schedule, Olympic agreement - CBC.ca - Here are some first-hand reactions from players about this year's schedule and Olympic agreement.

NHL playoff format: Realignment changes postseason system - SBNation.com - Want to know how the playoffs will work now with this realignment? Take a gander at this article.

2013-14 NHL schedule: team-by-team TV schedule - SBNation.com - Want to know how many times a certain team will get to show themselves on national TV? Take a look here. The Wild are going to be on national TV a grand total of 18 times, with 12 games on the NBC Sports Network, and 6 games on NHL Network. Unfortunately, the Wild don't get any NBC games this season. :( But, the Wild are lucky to be on national TV for their season opener against the Kings on October 3rd.