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Wilderness Walk: 9-20-2013

The Wild emerged victorious in a meaningless preseason game.

Why, no, the photos for last night's game weren't up when I wrote this. How could you tell?
Why, no, the photos for last night's game weren't up when I wrote this. How could you tell?
Hannah Foslien

Hey, guys!

Bask in the pre-season win. This kind of glory lasts forever. Which, sadly, won't be a way I describe how I sleep tonight.

On to the Walk.

Wild News

ESPN's "E:60" to Feature Wild Forward Jake Dowell- Sadly, it's not for a good reason. We echo Gone Puck Wild's sentiments: We hope all will be well for him.

Mike Yeo after Wild's 4-1 win at Winnipeg: "A lot of guys helped themselves" | Russo's Rants | Russo with his breakdown, and some quotes. Nice to see a good game from Dumba tonight.

Minnesota Wild Player Previews 2013/2014: Kyle Brodziak - Gone Puck Wild- Ger previews Kyle Brodziak's season. Will he be able to bounce back from his illness/ineffectiveness last season?

Minnesota Wild: Keith Ballard feeling at home with his new team - The Wild's newest defenseman (and newest One of Us, if I recall correctly) gets a profile.

Wild players on Twitter | Russo's Rants | In case you like following athletes. Add this to your #fiveslist.

Tending the Fields

Former UMD star Fontaine eager for shot with Wild | Star Tribune- Justin Fontaine is getting a look this pre-season. He's now getting a look from Russo.

Meet the Minnesota Wild--Youth a Stength, Weakness in St. Paul- A common theme this summer: The Wild will only go as far as their youth can take them.

Off the Trail

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins gets 7-year, $42M deal with Oilers, can afford several more last names | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Any time you can lock down a power-play specialist who misses 30 games a year, you gotta jump on that!

Krys Barch, Brett Gallant find rule loophole, remove each other’s helmets before fight (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Well, at least the NHL's new rule isn't a complete joke or anything.

NHL Pre-season Predictions: Central Division - No. 2 St. Louis Blues - The Hockey News- The Hockey News is predicting the Blues win the Cup. This wouldn't bode well for the Wild.

The Team of 18,001: Meet The New Divisions: Atlantic Division- Giles starts his trip around the NHL.

The 8 most ridiculous things about ESPN’s 2013 NHL rankings | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Brodin wasn't the second best defenseman in the NHL.

#NHLrank: Coaches - ESPN- Todd Richards is 19th. Mike Yeo is 24th. Fire away.

NHL Future Power Rankings - Chicago Blackhawks positioned well for future success - ESPN- And apparently, the Minnesota Wild are not.

NHL - Ranking all 30 teams by core of young players - ESPN- The Wild do pretty well here, actually.