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Wilderness Walk: 8-8-2013

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Whoo! Some actual Minnesota Wild stuff!

Could signing Thomas Vanek be a huge mistake?
Could signing Thomas Vanek be a huge mistake?
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We are still inching towards training camps and stuff, where national and local coverage turn back to the Minnesota Wild and the sport we love with open arms.

However, that day is not today.

Still firmly in the grasp of the offseason, we pick over the scraps of the carcass that's known as the offseason news cycle. Luckily, there's some meat on the bone today.

So, let's go on to the Walk!

Wild News

First Round Bust: Just Say "No" to Thomas Vanek- JL with one of his frequent guest posts on First Round Bust, talking about why a potential Vanek signing would be a mistake. I agree, but hear it from him.

Meet the Chicago Blackhawks--What Makes Them so Good? - Gone Puck Wild- It's clearly the previously-unknown affections of the Biebs!

Tending the Fields

2013 NHL offseason - Can the 2013 draft class be the league's best ever? - ESPN- There's a folly in saying "never", but 2003's class is a once-in-a-lifetime thing, in my opinion. No way 2013's beats 2003's. For sure, no way the entire first round makes the NHL. But I don't think in terms of overall impact, 2013 will supersede 2003. Past the first round, we saw the draftings of Loui Eriksson, Patrice Bergeron, Shea Weber, Corey Crawford, David Backes, Jimmy Howard, Joe Pavelski, Dustin Byfuglien, Tobias Enstrom, and Brian Elliot. If that caliber of players make it into the NHL, that's considered a very good first round!

Off the Trail

Miller, Seguin among players needing to rebound in 2013-14 - NHL - Brian Cazeneuve - SI.com- A Wild player makes his way onto this list. Whoo!, but not really!

Even with a Norris Trophy, Subban has room for improvement | ProHockeyTalk- One of the upsides of winning someone else's trophy.

Blues GM aims to sign Pietrangelo by training camp | ProHockeyTalk- Take your time, Alex. Go Marion Gaborik on it, it sure worked out for him!

Roman Josi's Contract Extension- Can we please sign Jonas Brodin to about 7 or 12 of these extensions?

Flyers release behind the scenes footage of their prep for the 2013 Entry Draft | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com- Will it be as awesome as the first season of Becoming Wild?

Colorado Avalanche, National Hockey League of Nations | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Anyone want to take a crack at Minnesota's League of Nations?