Good morning Wilderness, and welcome to another edition of the Wilderness Walk. Plenty of stuff to get to along the trail today, step lively folks!
Yesterday saw the hockey orientation camp rosters released for all the important nations in the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics. As was expected, Minnesota leads the pack for the US for invitees, grabbing 14 of 48 spots soaking up nearly 30% of the roster. It's not even close folks, the next state comes in at just half (7 invitees for Michigan), so eat it "Hockeytown". pft!
As expected today's links are easily Olympic-centric as Puck Daddy breaks down the invitees from Canada and the US for you. Also in the mix, a nice article about the good side of salary arbitration, raising realignment complaints and can I get a lacrosse mock draft? Why yes, yes you can!
Lets get on the trail...
DTBL 2013 NHL Charity Game
Have you got your tickets yet? Defending the Blue Line's 2013 NHL Charity Game is just 11 days away! With a chance to see hockey in August, as well as an autograph line featuring some NHL talent and local celebrities, what more could you ask for? If you cannot make the game, the option to purchase tickets for military families is also available. Don't want to go through the website? Get a hold of Agnes or Bryan even who can help you out with tickets as well.
First Round Bust: 2014 Winter Olympics: Which Wild players could head to Sochi?
A lot of options coming from the Wild, and some good chances to crack their respective national squads for NHL rookies Jonas Brodin and Mikael Granlund.
The Good, Bad, and Ugly of the Minnesota Wild Offseason | HockeyBuzz
Examining the Wild's off-season, enjoy.
Tending the Fields
First Round Bust: Orlando Solar Bears add Toronto as an affiliate
Please, just leave your rabid fan base back up North.
Wild notes: Kleinendorst named Iowa Wild coach | StarTribune.com
It's official folks, he's now one of us.
Off the Trail
U.S. Olympic Camp roster announced; who was snubbed for Sochi 2014? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
With 14 players going from the State of Hockey, Minnesota far outnumbers the rest of the nation in invitees to orientation camp. The next state by the numbers, Michigan coming in with half the invites we have from Minnesota.
Hockey Canada releases Olympic orientation camp roster; insurance to keep them off ice? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Can you just imagine the uproar in Edmonton if Taylor Hall doesn't make the squad?
NHL, NHLPA taking wait-and-see approach to 2018 Winter Olympics | ProHockeyTalk
Now that the 2014 Olympic Games are decided, lets focus on 2018!
NHL realignment: New system raises valid complaints - SBNation.com
The NHL officially released the 2013-14 schedule on Friday and formally introduced the Metropolitan division, a new playoff format and realignment. The reaction to those changes have been mixed.
Why the NHL should embrace salary arbitration - The Hockey News
It’s kind of strange, but the prospect of going to arbitration is what makes arbitration work. And that’s good for everyone.
NHL salary arbitration tracker
Hearings were to open Monday and 12 of the 21 players who filed already have reached deals. Arbitration can be a tricky and risky side of contract negotiations for either side involved.
Pietrangelo still unsigned by Blues - The Hockey News
Armstrong has repeatedly claimed the Blues will match any potential offer sheet for Pietrangelo, so any attempt to poach him would likely be a futile exercise.
No ‘Bieber-proofing’ for Bruins; Radulov on curfew violation; Blackhawks to open camp at Notre Dame (Puck Headlines) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
So, the Boston Bieber-proofing was a hoax, eh ...
Devils, Jagr agree to one-year deal
The Russian equivalent of Teemu Selanne continues his reign in the NHL another year. Hardly a replacement of Kovalchuck though.
NLL Mock Draft 2.0 | National Lacrosse League
With 4 picks in the top 7, including the 1st and 2nd overall selections, your Minnesota Swarm look to stack up during the upcoming Entry Draft.