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Wilderness Walk 8-12-2013: Wild Love Edition

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Yesterday was the Minnesota Wild's day to shine on That's right folks, flyover country gets some love.

Bruce Bennett

Yesterday was the Minnesota Wild's turn on the 30 in 30 series. Thus, today's walk is chalked full of Wild news, and of course a few other sites latched on to the cause to help us out as well. Of course if you were browsing around on the internet yesterday, you may have come across a few of these already. If you come to us to get your news however, this will be some great procrastination for your Monday morning in the office. Without further ado, we walk...

Wild News

Minnesota Wild's youth rapidly becoming a factor - - 30 in 30 projects the Minnesota Wild's lineup entering the 2013-14 season as part of its 30 in 30 series throughout the month of August.

Charlie Coyle, at center or wing, Minnesota Wild X-factor - - 30 in 30
Charlie Coyle doesn't know whether he'll be spending his first full NHL season as a center or a right wing for the Minnesota Wild.

Core in place, Minnesota Wild look for playoff run - - 30 in 30
The Minnesota Wild did not need a makeover, instead opting for a few tweaks to a roster with its young core already in place.

Minnesota Wild questions include Niklas Backstrom, Mikael Granlund - - 30 in 30
If the Minnesota Wild are to build off last season's Stanley Cup Playoffs berth, they must find answers to questions involving key players.

Wild coach Yeo sees reasons for optimism with Niederreiter | ProHockeyTalk
He's a significant X-factor going into the 2013-14 campaign.

A year later, Wild GM feels ‘fortunate’ to have Parise, Suter | ProHockeyTalk
He remains very upbeat about the long-term commitments that he made.

Tending the Fields

Mathew Dumba tops list of Minnesota Wild prospects - - 30 in 30
Minnesota Wild's top young assets debuted in the NHL during the 2012-13 season, and there are others who could provide depth in the near future

Minnesota's Finnish promise of approaching the NHL - "He has established itself as a professional" | YLE Sports
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Off the Trail

Seven young players who were traded too soon - - NHL Insider
Could newly acquired Minnesota Wild forward Nino Niederreiter be added to this list some day?

Meet the Chicago Blackhawks--The Future Looks Bright in the Windy City - Gone Puck Wild
Gone Puck Wild wraps up it's first week of meeting the division rivals with the conclusion of Chicago Blackhawks week.

Coyotes put their faith in Mike Smith | ProHockeyTalk
Now we wait to see where he takes them.

Nabokov: I think Tavares is ready to be captain | ProHockeyTalk
Since John Tavares was taken by the New York Islanders with the first overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft he has been the face of the franchise.

Report: Montador signs in KHL | ProHockeyTalk
He's played 10 seasons in the NHL. Struggles with concussions kept him out of the lineup last season, and ultimately a trip to the AHL.