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I don't have a lot of words in me right now, so onto the Walk.
Question for Chuck Fletcher? Come to State Fair today; More on Brunette and the power play | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com- Russo provides more information on the power play changes. Get this- they want more of a net-front presence. Don't think we've heard that one before.
Hot August Nights: Minnesota Wild | III Communication- Brought to my attention yesterday in the comments- this is a blog called III Communication, which covers the Wild's division. They've got a Minnesota Wild preview for you.
The Team of 18,001: A New Face In The State Of Hockey: Matt Cooke- The State of Hockey sure loves them some Matt Cooke.
Watch Minnesota Wild’s arena ice get made, painted in 43 seconds (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- That's pretty neat.
Tending the Fields
Talented prospects breaking into NHL lead the way in Minnesota Wild Top 20 - Hockey's Future- Slightly less helpful for the fact it lists Brodin and Coyle as prospects. Brodin, at the least, isn't a prospect anymore.
UNO Mavs Lands Avery Peterson - Western College Hockey Blog- Yet another long-term project in the Minnesota Wild's system.
First Round Bust: Avery Peterson Commits To Nebraska-Omaha- First Round Bust has it's take on it.
Is Opportunity Knocking For Mathew Dumba?- It would be cool if he was ready, but I (as big of a Dumba fan as anyone) don't think he will be. We've been spoiled by Jonas Brodin. It'll be harder to keep him off the team next year, but this year, I don't think he gets more than the 9 game cup of coffee.
Off the Trail
Dave Lozo’s Bag Skate: From 30 to 1, team-by-team previews/predictions for the 2013-14 NHL season | Backhand Shelf- It is what it says, and does a damn good job of doing it.
Meet the Nashville Predators--Is Offense Improved From Last Season?- Probably, but in fairness, it can improve a lot and still suck.
Hot August Nights: Nashville Predators | III Communication- Another division preview from III Communication.
Hockey on trial: NHL Olympic hopefuls face vital 3-month showcase | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- There's going to be a lot of guys vying for Olympic spots.
Penguins, Bruins, Blackhawks and Kings odds-on favorites entering 2013-14 season | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- 6/1 odds on the Wild winning the Central Division. Seems quite high.
Celebrating the end of August, the worst month of the year for hockey fans (and writers) | Backhand Shelf- I've tempered my optimism that August will end. It sure doesn't seem possible.
Washington Capitals, National Hockey League of Nations | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- You know Russia's. Find out the rest.