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Wilderness Walk 08-16-2013

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Russo awakens from his slumber.

It was not a good ending for Mikko Koivu last season. Gone Puck Wild looks at whether he'll rebound from it.
It was not a good ending for Mikko Koivu last season. Gone Puck Wild looks at whether he'll rebound from it.
Hannah Foslien

We finally have a date for training camp: September 11-12th. The players will report on the 11th, and take to the ice on the 12th.

And thank God, too. I've been starting to think this won't ever end.

This is just one nugget of information that Russo put up in his blog today. Yes, folks, he is still alive, and dropping science like Galileo dropped the orange. You're gonna have to read it yourself to find out the rest.

There's quite a bit more today, though. We get to look at Mikko Koivu's season last year, and looking forward to this season. The Iowa Wild have their preseason announced, and Gone Puck Wild takes a look at "new" division rival Colorado.

On to The Walk.

Wild News

Wild update on Pominville, Heatley, important dates, injuries, roster | Russo's Rants | Fletcher says that the Wild team they have now will be the Wild team they open camp with, at least as far as he can see. Judging by what happened last time he said that, I fully expect to see Todd Bertuzzi on the Wild by tomorrow.

Minnesota Wild Player Previews 2013/2014: Mikko Koivu - Gone Puck Wild- This season is going to be huge for Koivu's career. A strong season followed by a playoff series win or two will do well to erase the sour memories of the end of last year.

Tending the Fields

Iowa Wild Announces Short, Sweet Preseason Schedule - Gone Puck Wild- And they're not kidding.

Off the Trail

Meet the Colorado Avalanche--Stengths Versus Weaknesses - Gone Puck Wild- Do the weaknesses include having a sieve play behind an even larger sieve?

First Round Bust: On Glow Pucks, Tradition & How One Size Does Not Fit All Sports Coverage- The trials of a niche sport and television.

Why Josh Harris decided to own New Jersey Devils, and Lou Lamoriello’s future | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- So, that happened today.

Gabriel Landeskog commits to Avs, signs seven-year, $39 million extension | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Can we please sign Jonas Brodin to like, twelve of these?

Teemu Selanne meets with Ducks GM, decision on future getting closer? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- I hope he comes back Selanne is a beast, and I'm saddened by the dwindling amount of current players in NHL Hitz 20-03. Is it too much to ask for a gorram update already?!?!

Wayne Gretzky trade rumors defied media and belief for weeks - NHL - Stu Hackel - In case you haven't heard enough about the Gretzky trade.

The Face-Off: Through the Eyes & Mind of an NHL Player (Part 2)- Travis Zajac lends his perspective on face-offs, and being one of the better face-off guys in the league, that should be a good amount.

Dave Lozo’s Bag Skate: Lundqvist’s contract could become questionable a lot sooner than you think | Backhand Shelf- And also, pizza talk!

Claude Giroux suffers the manliest golf injury in hockey history, out 5-6 weeks | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Ouch!

Montreal Canadiens, National Hockey League of Nations | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Not as interested as I was with yesterday's.