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Apparently, all you have to do is make a simple request with Coach Yeo, and you get it.

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Welcome to another Sunday funday edition of The Walk. Your Wild don't have a game until Tuesday, so we get some practice tidbits today, and probably tomorrow as well. One potentially big piece of news comes to us from Iowa as Josh Harding didn't need to go through to effort of kicking a wall to injure himself.

Now, not a whole lot is known of Hardings apparent injury at this time. About all I got for you today is that he finished the 2nd period last night, but did not leave the dressing room for the 3rd. I'm sure we'll learn more about the situation today, and hopefully this isn't a huge setback because the Wild could probably use him at this point in time.

Now, for a bit of personal news. One of the things afforded to me by writing here, doing the Walks or whatever else it may be, is I get to inject from time to time bits about myself which you are all subjected to read. (insert maniacal laughter) But today, I would like to take this bit of space on the interwebs to wish my wife a very happy birthday. She truly is the rock in my life and without her I would be completely lost. She puts up with my hockey obsession and tolerates the time doing this stuff takes. She's become a hockey fan through me, but I have become a better person through her. I love you Laura, thank you for sharing your life with me.

Today's musical selection if for her, Happy Birthday sweetie!

Wild News

Minnesota Wild: For healthier Niklas Bakstrom, opportunity may be calling -
It might be time to let the kid sit for awhile. His workload has been tremendous this season and it doesn't look like it's something he can handle.

Vanek asks for spot on Wild's top line, now he's expected to produce | Star Tribune
Thomas Vanek to the top line, and all he had to do was ask? Now, Coach, I've got a few requests for your power play lines...

Tending the Fields

NHL Insider: Wild's affiliate right where others want to be | Star Tribune
Despite their dismal season, it is very nice having the Iowa Wild just down the road.

Josh Harding Injured in Iowa Wild Game Saturday | Gone Puck Wild
Let's hope this isn't a big setback.

ECHL: Rush snap long losing skid with win over Mallards | Rapid City Journal

On Frozen Pond

Gophers Tie in Overtime, Fall in Shootout - University of Minnesota Official Athletic Site
Connor Reilly tallied three points in the win while Adam Wilcox made 42 saves for a new career high.

Gophers women's hockey: Minnesota completes sweep of St. Cloud State with second straight shutout -
Eat it Huskies!

Centennial's Hughes gets her family's fourth shot as hockey standout | Girls Hockey Hub
Gabbie Hughes is the 4th in her family to dawn the number 7 for Centennial, behind her father and her 2 older brothers.

For Mahtomedi's boys' hockey team, the time has arrived | Boys Hockey Hub
Mahtomedi success is a product of molding their youngsters through the high school ranks.

Off the Trail

Evolution of a Hockey Fan - Part I - Cartoons and Combat - Articles - Articles - Articles - Wild Xtra
We all started somewhere. For me, it was in my parents basement, with a baseball glove on one hand and a hockey stick in the other, making all the big saves as I watched the games on TV.

Martin Brodeur gets 1st win as Blues goalie, tops Islanders in relief | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Not sure I'll ever be able to get used to seeing him out of a Devils jersey.

Swiss player throws water bottle at Alex Picard, sparks hallway chaos (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Just boys being boys huh?

Report: Panthers GM apologizes to Sabres owner for pre-game snowstorm video | ProHockeyTalk
Tension between suits.

Arizona Coyotes ownership deal in trouble? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
It's a shame this situation will seemingly never be resolved.

George Parros talks retirement, leaving Anaheim, and of course, mustaches (Puck Daddy Interview) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
The mustache himself, hanging up the skates.


NHL Recap - Ottawa Senators at Pittsburgh Penguins - Dec 06, 2014 -
Thanks to Sidney Crosby, Christian Ehrhoff had plenty of time and space for his go-ahead goal.

Martin Brodeur gets first win as member of the St. Louis Blues -
Martin Brodeur won 688 games with the New Jersey Devils. Now he has his first as a member of the St. Louis Blues.

NHL Recap - Philadelphia Flyers at Los Angeles Kings - Dec 06, 2014 -
With their owner Ed Snider in attendance, the struggling Philadelphia Flyers pulled off a season sweep of the defending Stanley Cup champions.

NHL Recap - New York Rangers at Detroit Red Wings - Dec 06, 2014 -
The Detroit Red Wings' come-from-behind effort lifted coach Mike Babcock to a new career milestone.

NHL Recap - Columbus Blue Jackets at Tampa Bay Lightning - Dec 06, 2014 -
Sergei Bobrovsky made save after save, again.

NHL Recap - Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators - Dec 06, 2014 -
Chicago's top line put them on top of the Central Division.

NHL Recap - Washington Capitals at New Jersey Devils - Dec 06, 2014 -
With their latest win, the Washington Capitals believe they are gaining some momentum.

NHL Recap - Buffalo Sabres at Florida Panthers - Dec 06, 2014 -
Roberto Luongo finally gave up a goal to the Buffalo Sabres, but he still got the win.

NHL Recap - Buffalo Sabres at Florida Panthers - Dec 06, 2014 -
Roberto Luongo finally gave up a goal to the Buffalo Sabres, but he still got the win.

NHL Recap - Montreal Canadiens at Dallas Stars - Dec 06, 2014 -
Tyler Seguin kept up his scoring surge for the Dallas Stars on Saturday night. This time, his teammates gave him more help.

NHL Recap - Vancouver Canucks at Toronto Maple Leafs - Dec 06, 2014 -
Jonathan Bernier made 44 saves and the Toronto Maple Leafs got goals from five different players in a 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.

NHL Recap - Boston Bruins at Arizona Coyotes - Dec 06, 2014 -
Boston coach Claude Julien challenged his team's pride and the Bruins went out and gave him the response he wanted.