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Wilderness Walk 9-10-2013 T -1 Training Camp Edition

The news is picking up as the countdown is coming down. Tomorrow, players are going to report for Training Camp in St. Paul.

Christian Petersen

It certainly doesn't feel like hockey weather outside folks, it's a good thing we play this game indoors! Tomorrow is the day folks! Your Minnesota Wild start reporting for training camp and their first scheduled practice is set for Thursday. Preseason games start up on the 17th which if you're scoring at home is just 1 week from tonight!

It was a busy day for news folks, so lets start walking...

Wild News

Veteran center David Steckel signed by Wild to pro tryout | Russo's Rants |
Russo fills us in on David Steckel.

Wild announces training camp roster; Practice, scrimmage open to public this weekend | Russo's Rants |
Reporting for duty the Wednesday at the X.

Minnesota Wild: Will Niklas Backstrom Hold Them Back In 2013-14?
Will Niklas Backstrom help or hurt the Minnesota Wild in goal in the 2013-14. - HockeyBuzz Hotstove - Who Wins the Central?
Things are looking good the for the Wild in this fan voted poll.

Pominville’s Past and His Wild Future
The Hockey Writers peer into the soul of Jason Pominville.

Top Storylines for Minnesota Wild 2013-14 Training Camp | Bleacher Report
Holy crap! Bleacher Report puts out an actual article instead of a stupid slide show! I didn't know they knew how to do this! Read at your own risk.

Tending the Fields

The Team of 18,001: Top 10 Prospects: #10 Gustav Olofsson
Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you, Napoleon Dynamite.

AHL to award All-Star Classic to St. John’s, Newfoundland - Hockey Spoken Here
The game will be played Wednesday, Feb. 12, during the NHL’s Olympic break.

Mike Stinziani Returning To Mallards - CBS4 - WHBF Quad Cities, IL-IA News Weather Sports
The Quad City Mallards have re-signed forward Mike Stinziani.

Off the Trail

Why did NHL take ‘targeting’ out of Rule 48 illegal check to head penalty? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Targeting can be a subjective term, up to a ref's opinion and such.

30 Thoughts: NHL clarifies illegal check to head rule | Hockey | CBC Sports
The updated 2013-14 NHL rulebook is not yet available, but when it is, several changes and one important modification will be seen.

Dallas Stars, 2013-14 (Puck Daddy Gold Medal Preview) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
A look inside the revamping of a Dallas Stars squad.

The Top NHL Centers For 2013-14 | SportsGrid
Coming in at #27 ... Wait, WTF 27?

NHL - Top 100 prospects for 2013-14 - ESPN
Corey Pronman identifies his Top 100 NHL prospects for 2013-14, including Jonathan Drouin, Nathan MacKinnon and Seth Jones.

Meet the Winnipeg Jets--New Additions Ready to Soar - Gone Puck Wild
Gone Puck Wild takes a look at the newest additions to the Winnipeg Jets' lineup.

Replacing Matt Cooke looms large for the Penguins - PensBurgh
The Penguins have a huge hole on their lines with the departure of Matt Cooke. Pushed past the salary cap and with limited options.

Ten rookies set to become impact NHL players this season - 2013-2014 Season Preview
The first four picks of the 2013 NHL Draft are just some of the rookies ready to develop into impact players in the NHL this season.

Sharks expect Havlat to open season on IR | ProHockeyTalk
He underwent groin surgery in late June.

Feaster rips ‘organizational disease’ after Flames lose at prospects tourney | ProHockeyTalk
Not much to be positive about up in Calgary these days.

Happy Trails!

Calgary Flames' Miikka Kiprusoff retires from NHL - ESPN
Miikka Kiprusoff is leaving the NHL and the Calgary Flames on his terms.

Five things we’ll remember about Miikka Kiprusoff on the day of his retirement | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Guy was a thorn in our side for a very long time. Happy Trails Kipper!

On the Pitch

United settles for frustrating 1-1 draw with Edmonton | Star Tribune
Here is the Strib's recap of Saturday's Minnesota United FC's contest in Blaine.

NASL Week 6: A Look Back
The Rowdies reach first place; Strikers unbeaten run continues; Cosmos outclass Silverbacks despite draw; and more.