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Wilderness Walk: Final Preseason Gameday Edition

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The Wild face the Blues tonight as their final test before the regular season begins.

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Well, folks, we're almost there.  Only one more game of meaningless hockey before the cutthroat battle of the Central Division begins.  Color me excited.

The Wild made a few cuts yesterday.  Michael Keranen and Gustav Oloffson were sent to Iowa, while Brett Sutter and Curt Gogol were placed on waivers.  That means the team only has a few more cuts to get down to its final roster.  One thing Chuck Fletcher has made clear is that nothing is permanent, so even if standouts like Matt Dumba and Christian Folin start the year in Iowa, expect them to be called up eventually.

The Wild play the Blues tonight at the X.  Exciting things are happening in the week ahead, so let's get on to the Walk:

Wild News

Wild's final roster taking shape | Star Tribune- The interesting thing will be how many defensemen the team initially keeps.

Mike Yeo on Wild's roster, the D battle, Nate Prosser, Erik Haula | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com- Haula has struggled recently in camp.  Let's hope he can get back up to speed.

Minnesota Wild: For Nino Niederreiter, sky's the limit - TwinCities.com- A look at what Nino did over the summer and his expectations for the year.

The Ice Hole

Minnesota blasted for forcing hockey fans to buy football tickets | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- What a scam.  Surprisingly Governor Dayton is taking a stand against the U.

Off The Trail

Why is Daniel Carcillo back with Blackhawks? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- The Blackhawks decided they need to out-goon the rest of the Central by picking up Carcillo for some reason.

SI.com's 2014-15 NHL season crystal ball predictions | SI.com- Predictions from the great sports minds at SI.

Report: 7 teams interested in trading for Blackhawks' Leddy | theScore- Could the Wild make amends from the Barker trade and get back the Eden Prairie golden boy?

What is Bobby Ryan actually worth? (Trending Topics) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- I like Bobby Ryan and I think he's a solid player.  But is he worth Parise/Datsyuk money?

The Team of 18,001: 2014-15 Outlook: Winnipeg Jets- Our friends over at Team of 18,001 continue their preview of the Central Division.

Report: NHL adding ER doctors on team benches for every game | theScore- Good move by the NHL especially in the wake of the Rich Peverley incident.

Unique Team Traits: When the Sharks enter the O-zone, there's a good chance they're getting a shot | theScore- More great work from Justin Bourne on the Sharks and their offensive prowess.

And in case you missed this adorably shy child hanging out with the Kaptain: