Yes, it's finally October.
Now we can do things like watch hockey, and prep for Halloween. I'm pulling out all the stops for my costume this year, going to be as scary as possible. I'm dressing as Stu Bickel, Minnesota Wild player.
But we'll leave the Bickel hate to the comments.
There's a bit of news to get to today, but first, let me give you an opportunity to listen to the newest episode of the Hockey Wilderness Podcast. Joining Joe, Ger, and I this week were Cole from Mile High Hockey, and Garrett from Arctic Ice Hockey. They were both fantastic guests, and we got to preview all the teams in the Central Division, with the Avalanche and Jets getting some special attention. We had a lot of fun, and we hope you'll give us a try.
Here's our Central Division Preview (Now on iTunes! Search "Hockey Wilderness Podcast"!):
That said, let's get on to the Walk
Wild's Granlund made big jump, vows to get better | Star Tribune- To see if Granlund can take yet another leap skating all year with Parise and Pominville (hopefully) will be a major storyline this season.
Wild hopeful Stu Bickel knows NHL about more than fighting - TwinCities.com- Cool. I also know this. I would still be a terrible choice to be on the Wild, and so would Stu Bickel.
ESPN.com's 2014-15 NHL preview: Minnesota Wild - ESPN- ESPN gives the Minnesota Wild a look as a part of their NHL Preview.
Mario Lemieux, Minnesota Wild get massive corn maze tributes at local farms (Photo) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- The Lemieux one is pretty sweet.
HockeyBuzz.com - Tony Dean - MNWild Yeo Knows Best But Maybe...- Tony looks at some training camp positional battles.
Off the Trail
2014-15 NHL Preview: The Middle of the Pack- The Minnesota Wild are prominently featured in Down Goes Brown's NHL Preview.
Unique Team Traits: The Avalanche Benefited Greatly From Roy's Goalie Pulling Strategy | theScore- You may have heard about this before.
The Team of 18,001: 2014-15 Outlook: Dallas Stars- Dallas actually got a lot of play in the news yesterday, and deservedly so, they're a really good looking team.
Stars Reject Brandon Dillon's 2 year, 3.8 million dollar deal | theScore- That seems a pretty reasonable deal, as Dillon ate a ton of ES and PK minutes with the Stars last season, acquitting himself well. With Dallas' first game a little more than a week away, I don't know why they wouldn't just take that.
Dallas Stars unveil their super scary power play | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- It's even scarier to know they have Spezza-Nichushkin lurking on the next unit.
Stars drop first-rounders Faksa, Honka from camp | ProHockeyTalk- And oh, noes! The Jhonka left. There must have been a Kerrek in town.
EPIX reveals plans to overhaul, expand NHL’s ‘24/7' | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- So, maybe we'll watch that.
Can helmet cameras improve NHL referee performances? (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Referees are perfect as is.