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Wilderness Walk 7/3/2013: Draft Wrap-Up Edition

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Assessing what the Wild did, and looking forward to Free Agency.

Bruce Bennett

Discussing the draft will be on it's last legs today, as it will be soon shoved out of the way for Free Agency-type things. To read more about the draft right here at Hockey Wilderness, you'd do well to check out Dan Chan's draft review, breaking down every new draft pick in the Wild's system. As for Free Agency, Dan looks at whether the Wild can trade Tom Gilbert, and what he might gain for the Wild, as well as whether the Wild can keep Matt Cullen. Agnes also takes a look at whether the Wild should target Keith Ballard.

Today ought to give Wild fans a clearer picture at what direction they'll be heading towards this offseason, as tomorrow is the deadline to use the compliance buyout. Tom Gilbert seems to be a pretty obvious candidate to be bought out, mostly because of the 4 million dollar cap hit he'll take up. It remains to be seen whether he can be traded- my guess is that if it were possible, it'd have already been done. There's still a possibility that he's traded for a player of a similar cap hit that the Wild might deem a better fit, though.

So, with that all in mind, on to the Walk.

Wild News

Wild qualify five, let Broda, Ferriero go | Contract tendering time. No surprises here.

Tom Powers: Wild sit out first round of draft as all-in bill comes due - "Sorry" Tom Powers does his annual rip job of the Wild draft, despite it being clear that he doesn't know anything about NHL prospects. Seriously. What a moron. Sports columnists are a fucking joke.

Minnesota Wild Trade Clutterbuck to New York Islanders for Niederreiter - Gone Puck Wild- A bit late, but another perspective on the Cal Clutterbuck trade.

The Team of 18,001: Farewell Cal Clutterbuck- Giles commits blogdultery to say a tearful goodbye to Clutterbuck.

Tending the Fields

Minnesota Wild Draft Gabriel and Labbe In 3rd and 4th Rounds - Gone Puck Wild- A deep look at two of the Wild's picks, who'll garner less attention than Olofsson.

Which teams went furthest off the board at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft? | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | Listed here because the Wild were at the top of the list. However, it should be noted that (I believe, anyway) that the Wild scouts kind of tend to go off the board. Maybe I'm wrong- I'd like to know if anyone else has any light to shed on the matter.

Off the Trail

Flyers sign Vinny Lecavalier to 5-year deal; let the cap space clearing begin! | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Because not having Lecavalier was the downfall of the Phlyers.

Penguins come to terms with Kris Letang; also sign him for eight years, $58 million | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Almost as big a cap hit as Suter.

Flames add to forward corps, acquire T.J. Galiardi from Sharks for draft pick | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- A minor move, but here you go.

30 Thoughts: Focus switches to NHL free agents, offer sheets | Hockey | CBC Sports- A discussion of offer sheets, Vancouver's Schnieder Saga, and Seth Jones' fall. Cal Clutterbuck, Nino Niederreiter, Michael Russo, and Anton Khudobin come up.

Thoughts on Thoughts: Focus switches to NHL free agents, offer sheets | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | Justin Bourne's supplemental thoughts.

NHL in need of new three-point system - The Hockey News- Yeah, they do.