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Wilderness Walk: Travelers Edition

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Hey there, Wilderness! It's a day for moving and for shaking. The Wild travel from Arizona to Chicago, Morin and Erixon flip-flop teams... it's a crazy series of days.

In other news, everyone's favorite professional football (no, the other kind) team recently signed their own "Johnny Football", in the form of JC Banks, a quick and flashy midfielder who will look to improve the team's attack (as well as take the place of a few other players who won't be around next year). In all seriousness, season tickets for Minnesota United FC are on sale, so get yours now!

In the meantime, enjoy some Travelin' music, and let's get to the Walk!

Wild News

When a Finn turns fiery: 'Angry Mikko' inspires Wild | Star Tribune
Awww Yeahhh... Love me some Angry Mikko.

Minnesota Wild's 'four captains' key to needed win | TwinCities.com
Wait, there are four captains now? I'll take "aspects of hockey that are overrated" for 500, Alex...

Power play goals help Wild earn 4-3 shootout victory over Arizona | State of Hockey News
Wait... Backstrom played well in the shootout? And 2 PPG's? IT'S A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE.

Game Recap: Wild Power Play Scores Twice in Win Over Coyotes | Gone Puck Wild
The Wild power play came through in a big way, converting on two of three attemptsen route to a shootout victory over the Coyotes.

The 2014 Minnesota Wild Christmas Wishlist | Wild Xtra
Well, Wilderness? Additions? Subtractions? Alterations?

Tending the Fields

Iowa Wild Signs Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel | Gone Puck Wild
The Wild have (kind of) signed another blue liner to the AHL squad.

The Top Five potential diamonds in the rough among NHL prospects | Hockey's Future
You'll NEVER guess which Wild prospect is on the list (hint: it's not Nino).

Off the Trail

Blackhawks trade Jeremy Morin to Blue Jackets, fulfilling request | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Morin for Erixon. Good, bad, or ugly?

Tomas Vokoun, longtime NHL goalie, announces he is retiring: report | NHL.com - News
Longtime NHL goalie Tomas Vokoun is retiring, according to Czech daily Sport.

Penguins' Crosby diagnosed with mumps | theScore
It's spreading...

Rangers' Brassard latest NHL player to fall victim to mumps outbreak | theScore
In all seriousness... what's the deal? This is just a bizarre thing to be happening.

RECAPS

Los Angeles Kings at Toronto Maple Leafs

Calgary Flames at Chicago Blackhawks

New York Rangers at Edmonton Oilers