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Wilderness Walk 8-11-2013

Is it October yet?

Oh kaptain, my kaptain.
Oh kaptain, my kaptain.
Hannah Foslien

Judging on the weather lately here in Minnesota, it almost feels like it at times. Of course I take a peak at a calendar and see we are still in August. Yet with each passing week we get closer and closer to training camp and ultimately the 2013-2014 NHL season. We are just over a month away from pre-season hockey folks, when the Wild welcome the Columbus Blue Jackets into the X on September 17.

We are not that far off from the return of hockey and the new Central Division. Until then, we walk ...

Wild News

Heatley, Sens close to settling bonus money grievance | ProHockeyTalk
Ottawa filed the grievance almost four years ago.

Nashville Predators have old, new foes in Central Division | The Tennessean | tennessean.com
Here's a quick look at the teams the Nashville Predators will face in a new-look Central Division.

Stephane Veilleux trains with Northern Educate
During the offseason, Minnesota Wild forward Stephane Veilleux has been training with Northern Educate Hockey. With the Wild training camp just around the corner, Let’s Play Hockey sat down with Veilleux to learn more about his time with Northern Educate.

Tending the Fields

Orlando Solar Bears name new assistant coach | Orlando Weekly Blogs
We might still be mourning the loss of coach Drake Berehowsky (who we named "Best One-Hit Wonder" in our 2013 Best of Orlando awards), but we are hopeful to see that the Orlando Solar Bears are making some progress in finding a stacked coaching staff.

Dumba playing to avoid more world junior disappointment | Hockey | Sports | Toronto Sun
Dumba didn’t make adjustments quickly enough last winter to establish himself at Canada’s world junior team selection camp in December.

Off the Trail

Meet the Chicago Blackhawks--2013 Draft Class: Three Swedish D-men Don't Equal Jonas Brodin - Gone Puck Wild
Gone Puck Wild takes a look at an intriguing draft class selected by the Chicago Blackhawks.

HockeyBuzz.com - Richard Cloutier - Which NHL Team is the Most Interesting? Part 1
Gee, an Edmonton Oilers blogger thinks the Oilers are the "Most Interesting"? Could not have predicted that in a million years.

HockeyBuzz.com - Richard Cloutier - Which Team is the Most Interesting in the NHL, Part 2
Do the Wild crack the top 20? Tune in to find out.

Canada shuts out U.S. to win gold at Ivan Hlinka tournament | ProHockeyTalk
eh....

Boycotting Sochi Olympics would be missed opportunity - The Hockey News
Russia's anti-gay laws has led to some calls for a boycott, but the wrong people would pay the price in that situation.

Baseball’s latest woes show NHL is lucky to have Gary Bettman (Trending Topics) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Wait a second now ... lucky? Because if Bettman was running baseball they would have no issues with PED's? DOH'KAY! So the question is, would you trade the lockouts for a steroids epidemic in the NHL?

HockeyBuzz.com - Travis Yost - Why Can't the Ottawa Senators Afford Anything?
Probably the same reason I can't buy a Rolls Royce, not enough money.

Sidney Crosby bypasses line at DMV because he can, is therefore a terrible person | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
That jerk! Ha!

On the Pitch

United gets badly-needed win, 3-1 at Fort Lauderdale | SoccerCentric | StarTribune.com
Max Griffin and Pablo Campos scored goals for Minnesota, leading United to a 3-1 road win over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers - a badly-needed tally...