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Wilderness Walk 8-27-2013: 36 Days Edition

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I trust everyone has stayed cool as much as possible the last few days. The weather man tells me some small relief is in sight, but when is that guy right anyway?

Raise your hand if your desire to do this has reached its peak.
Raise your hand if your desire to do this has reached its peak.
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Its another day closer to the start of the NHL regular season, despite how it may feel outside right now. I've given up on the outdoor hockey rink for now, I don't really have the yard for it anyway. Even if I were to build the thing, I'm sure some of these kids around my neighborhood would ruin it (said the cranky old man).

Grab a gallon of water, put on the comfy shoes because it is time, we walk.

Wild News

2013-14 Season Preview - Minnesota Wild - SenShot - An Ottawa Senators Fan Site
After committing nearly $200M to two players, the Wild struggled to find traction last season. With some late season addition and a maturing prospect pool, they hope to make a deeper push into the playoffs.

Minnesota Wild Player Previews 2013/2014: Ryan Suter - Gone Puck Wild - A Minnesota Wild Fan Site
Some of them stinky stats regarding Wild blue-liner Ryan Suter.

Parise, Suter, Backes part of U.S. leadership group; Pominville "back on board" | Russo's Rants |
Russo speaks!

Wild's Parise sets bar high for Team USA: 'We're going to Russia to win' | Star Tribune
I'm sure hoping he has set the bar equally high for the Wild this season.

The Team of 18,001: A New Face In The State Of Hockey: Jonathon Blum
Getting to know Jonathon Blum. Another defender "stolen" from the Nashville Predators.

First Round Bust: 2014 US Olympic Camp: Zach Parise & Ryan Suter Lead, Take The High Road
I love a good Mighty Ducks reference!

Off the Trail

Ilya Kovalchuk weighs in on Russia’s anti-gay laws: ‘I agree, of course’ | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
I wholeheartedly disagree with you Mr. Kovalchuk. It may be your country and it may be your line, but like you say, its a free world (except if you are gay in Russia) and I most certainly do NOT have to respect that. With all due respect Mr. Kovalchuk, your countries laws suck.

Fantasy Hockey - 2013 Draft Prep: Western Conferece role changes :
A look into the new division.

Will David Backes beat up Canadians again to prepare for Sochi Games? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Does Backes do this? I don't recall reading about this the last go around.

Andrew Shaw’s stitches from Stanley Cup celebration sell for $6,500 at auction | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports

USA Hockey motivated by gold loss; Saad’s amazing year; big ice questions (Notebook) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Long live Olympic ice!!!

Blues’ Pietrangelo ‘not even thinking about holding out’ | ProHockeyTalk
Despite the fact he's still without a contract. Something I like hearing though, shows some commitment to his squad.

Jonathan Quick aims for U.S. starting role after taste of Olympics in Vancouver | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
I can get behind Jonathan Quick between the pipes for team USA. Although Ryan Miller stopped the Canadian invasion pretty well last time. The competition is a welcome one for Team USA.

Evgeni Malkin fights 7-year-old boy in Russian charity game, quite hilariously (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Cute ...

Meet the Nashville Predators--A Team Littered with New Faces - Gone Puck Wild - A Minnesota Wild Fan Site
Meet the Nashville Predators we allowed them to keep ...

The Gopher Hole

Condon, Rau Named Gopher Hockey Captains - University of Minnesota Official Athletic Site
Condon and Rau carry on a Gopher tradition of captains that dates to the first season of Gopher hockey in 1921-22.