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Wilderness Walk 7-29-2013: Summertime Rolls Edition

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Bringing you the daily procrastination you so desperately crave!

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Good morning Wilderness! As the summer moves along we find ourselves on the cusp of a new month, and another day closer to the start of the 2013-2014 season. While the news surrounding the NHL has slowed, giving us only an occasional swath of "newsworthy" links to pass along, we do find ourselves with some extra free time with which to enjoy these summertime rolls.

Of course if you find yourselves with too much spare time rolling around this summer, remember this Saturday is the Defending the Blue Line 2013 NHL Charity Game. Tickets are still just $10 up till game day when they go up to $15. Saturday's game, featuring NHL players is at Ridder Arena on the U of M campus with the doors swinging wide open at 1 pm. If you are unable to attend this Saturday not to worry, you can still buy tickets which will be donated to a military family.

After a slow day yesterday we have a nice sized pile of links to offer you today, including AHL realignment news, Mark Parrish and life after hockey, as well as a dance-off between Jonathon Toews and Patrick Kane. Have a great Monday everybody, enjoy the links.

Wild News

U.S. Olympic GM: Wild's Zach Parise, Ryan Suter 'our best players' -
Well duh! I thought everyone was aware these two are the best ever!

Does Minnesota Wild All-Rookie Defenseman Jonas Brodin Have What it Takes to Represent Sweden at the Sochi Games? - Gone Puck Wild
Minnesota Wild rookie stand-out Jonas Brodin has been invited to Team Sweden's Olympic camp. Whether he'll be in a Swedish sweater come February is another thing entirely.

Former SCSU, NHL standout exploring life after hockey | St. Cloud TIMES |
Since Parrish is still getting paid by the Minnesota Wild, it's almost like he isn't really out of the game quite yet. 1 more year Wilderness, and that lengthy buyout will be over.

First Round Bust: Heatley is Still Here...Now What?
The big question going into this season has to be does Dany Heatley feel scorned by the club with all the talk of him being bought out and how will that affect his game this upcoming season? - GARTH - Wild Can't Afford Vanek. For Now
So Vanek wearing Iron Range Red this upcoming season is highly unlikely, but with a massive increase in available funds for the Wild going into the 2014-2015 season the Wild find themselves in a familiar position (See: July 4th 2012)

Tending the Fields

New division as AHL approves 2013-14 alignment - - AHL Update
With teams moving around, the AHL has seen fit to mix up the league a bit, Welcome to the Midwest Division Iowa Wild!

Off the Trail

Columnist: NHL doesn’t have PED problem | ProHockeyTalk
Unfortunately, as we know all to well, the NHL does have a problem with legal, prescription drugs.

Report: Board of Governors may approve Coyotes sale this week | ProHockeyTalk
The saga is nearly over with. - Kevin Freiheit - James Patrick reunited with Lindy Ruff in Dallas
It's like a family reunion down in Dallas.

The death of the salary arbitration hearing | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Blake Wheeler and the Winnipeg Jets avoided arbitration Friday and came to terms on a five-year, $33.6 million contract for the 26-year old forward.

Jets’ final offseason priority: sign Bogosian | ProHockeyTalk
With his arbitration hearing scheduled for August 2nd, the Winnipeg Jets find themselves in a situation they would like to have resolved before Friday.

Top Line: The NHL’s real drug problem; Patrick Kane meets LeBron; more links | Home Ice -
Some quick hits from the great hockey minds over at Sports Illustrated.

Report: Red Wings talking to Predators about Tootoo | ProHockeyTalk
Tootoo heading back to Nashville?

Dance-off: Jonathan Toews’ moonwalk vs. Patrick Kane’s ‘Kaner shuffle’ (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Dance Dance Revolution, Chicago Blackhawks style!

On the Pitch

Jacksonville awarded NASL team to begin play in 2015 |
Welcome to the NASL Jacksonville!