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Wilderness Walk 7/9/2013: Prospect Development Camp Edition

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Today marks the start of the Minnesota Wild Prospect Development Camp at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. You will have your opportunity later in the week to attend some 3 on 3 tournaments during their open to the public sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Zach Parise is a prospect right?
Zach Parise is a prospect right?
Hannah Foslien

Good morning sports fans! Welcome to the first day of the Minnesota Wild Prospects Development Camp! It's that exciting time of year when we get to see how the kids are coming along as the Wild open their doors to the public later in the week. This year instead of the inter-squad scrimmage we will be treated to a series of 3 on 3 tournaments at the X. From the sounds of it, it should be a lot of fun so if you have the time it should be worth it to get out of the heat and watch some puck.

We have a pile of links to occupy your time today folks. The story of the year seemingly, 'The Matt Cooke Saga' does not appear to be going away any time soon. I suppose it is time to embrace the fact that this discussion will continue, endlessly, until well after the cows come home and probably well into their departure the following day. We also are treated to some news out of Iowa as well as a mass signing taking place down in Florida. So let's get to it while the getting to it is hot, eh?

*Edit: Keep an eye on the Hockey Wilderness twitter account today, as we will be tweeting from the Prospects Development Camp. If you're not following us already, first I ask why not? and secondly I say get on that now! @hockeywildernes

Wild News

After signing with Minnesota, veteran Matt Cooke still trying to shed rough-stuff reputation |
After 15 years in the NHL, there's a part of Matt Cooke's game that he'd like to lose: his reputation for the rough stuff. -- Good luck with that ....

Wild GM isn't concerned about criticism over Matt Cooke signing | 1500 ESPN Twin Cities
Apparently GMCF hasn't heard any complaints, I really don't think that he is listening.

First Round Bust: Last Year & Next Year
Plenty has changed with the Minnesota Wild, which is normally the case in the hockey world around July 4th weekend. While America celebrates its independence, players, agents and management celebrate theirs with million dollar contracts.

Tending the Fields

2013 Wild Prospect Camp, new faces but the same goals | July | 2013 Articles
For some players, it's about trying to show a team the potential that they felt they had drafted. For others, it's about trying to show a team the potential they wish they had drafted.

Iowa Wild ticket prices may anger Aeros fans | Hockey Stop | a blog
Sorry Houston, but the difference her just plain sucks for you.

Iowa Wild announce date of home opener, 5 other games | The Des Moines Register
The Wild will host Opening Night on Saturday, October 12th at 7:05 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena. The opponent will be announced at a later date.

The ECHL - Premier 'AA' Hockey League | Five players join Orlando roster
The folks in Florida understand how it works. You have to lock up your home-grown talent!

Off the Trail

NHL free agent Alex Burmistrov leaves Winnipeg Jets to play in KHL | Home Ice -
The disgruntled winger made good on a threat to return to Russia, signing with Ak Bars Kazan of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Stars sign former Predators centre Mueller to one-year deal | TSN.CA
The 27-year-old Mueller split last season between Nashville and the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL.

Rangers, McDonagh agree to six-year, $28.2 million contract | TSN.CA
McDonagh, 24, has played in 169 regular season games with the Rangers. Over that span, he has 12 goals and 60 points with 80 penalty minutes.

Hejduk unlikely to re-sign with Avalanche, not ready to retire - NHL Free Agency 2013
The 37-year-old right-wing broke into the NHL with the Colorado Avalanche in 1998 and has scored 375 goals and 430 assists in 1,020 games – all with the Avs. But, it appears the next goal he scores will be for another club.

Prospective owners of Coyotes execute arena lease agreement | TSN.CA
Another small hurdle cleared on the way to ending the nightmare of the Arizona Coyotes. Until 5 years from now when they have the options to opt out and move the team anyways.

Crazy contracts continue to plague NHL - The Hockey News
It's almost as if GM's and owners across the league forget the lockout even happened, or why for that matter.

Here are five unrestricted free agents that still haven’t signed | ProHockeyTalk
NHL news has come to a bit of a crawl after a crazy Friday and a somewhat busy weekend of free-agent signings.

Hall of Fame to announce class of 2013 tomorrow | ProHockeyTalk
Minnesota hockey legend Phil Housley is still waiting to get his day in the sun. Could today finally be the day?

Sens president isn’t sure if Alfredsson’s number will be retired | ProHockeyTalk
Cause I mean, lets face it.... He's not even all that good, really.

Puck Daddy’s 2013 NHL Free Agent Frenzy Report Card | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Just how did your Minnesota Wild do according to the folks at Puck Daddy? Click the link to find out folks!

Free agency Bag Skate: Weekend winners, losers and everything else among the NHL’s 30 teams | Backhand Shelf
The free agent session is just 4 days old, but Dave Lozo at Backhand Shelf is ready to declare the winners and losers.

Setoguchi excited at opportunity for offence with Jets | TSN.CA
Devin Setoguchi is excited at the prospect of perhaps playing on the same Winnipeg Jets line as Evander Kane.

Ryan 'can't wait' to get started with Spezza, Senators | TSN.CA
The 26-year-old who was the Ducks second overall selection in the 2005 NHL Draft is coming off an 11-goal, 30 point season, but had previously posted 30-plus markers in four straight seasons.

What We Learned: Elegy for Joffrey Lupul’s views on advanced hockey stats | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
"Corsi" is not an acronym

Lightning’s farm system ranked No. 1 by Hockey Prospectus | ProHockeyTalk
Two of the top five teams managed to make the playoffs, though their successes surprised some.

The 10 Biggest Names of the NHL Offseason (So Far) - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
Some transactions will fly under the radar, while others will be noticed and then forgotten relatively quickly. And then there are the important decisions that catch everyone’s attention, spurring debate and inevitably thrusting some poor soul directly into the spotlight — whether he wants to be there or not.