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Wilderness Walk 8-19-2013

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It is Monday, and you need something to do before that 10 am conference call. Why not read a few articles? We got you covered.

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Good morning Wilderness! Welcome to another work week, and just a few steps closer to the start of the 2013-2014 NHL season. Hockey is coming ladies and gentlemen. In just a few short weeks we have Traverse City firing up in Michigan. Right behind the prospects tournament is training camp and preseason action in the NHL. It is a lot closer than you might think, and in the blink of an eye it will be upon us.

Before we get there though we still have some time to kill. One way to accomplish this is check out some of the awesome work Emilie posted yesterday in her coverage of Minnesota United FC this past weekend and their game against the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Stay tuned folks, we will have more for you soccer fans in the coming weeks.

Without further ado, let us get the procrastination portion of your day going. Together, we walk.

Wild News

Minnesota Wild Player Previews 2013/2014: Charlie Coyle - Gone Puck Wild
What can we expect from Charlie Coyle this upcoming season? Ger from Gone Puck Wild has you covered folks.

Tending the Fields

Wild announce 2013 Traverse City Tournament team
Traverse City starts in just over 2 weeks, and your Minnesota Wild will be fielding a team once again. Here is an early look at who will be making the trip to Michigan.

Off the Trail

Stats studies illuminate NHL signings - Sports - The Boston Globe
It is turning into a numbers game, and GM's across the league are using these numbers to generate contracts for players. Sometimes, it leaves people scratching their heads in a "What are you thinking?" sort of moment.

First Round Bust: FRB Book Club: Rob Vollman's Hockey Abstract
Need some good reading to help get your understanding of the fancy stats off the ground?

Can Nashville’s 2013 draft pick defensemen make this year’s team? | ProHockeyTalk
What does the future hold for Nashville's first round draft pick defenseman Seth Jones? And do you much care Wilderness?

Update: ‘No truth’ to reports of Bruins signing Theodore | ProHockeyTalk
Chad Johnson utters a sigh of relief.

Defensive Nashville will be desperate for goals | ProHockeyTalk
Their offense is a bit lacking.

Predators might want to trade a forward or two | ProHockeyTalk
One might argue it's a case of quantity over quality.

So why hasn’t Grabovski signed anywhere yet? | ProHockeyTalk
He will find a team, but the time for him to strike while the iron is hot has come and gone, and he has probably given up the big contract he was looking for after being bought out by the Toronto Maple Leafs.