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The Wild are slowly approaching the resuming of the NHL season.

Can the Wild reunite Parise and Suter with Kessel at the deadline?!?!
Can the Wild reunite Parise and Suter with Kessel at the deadline?!?!
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Hello, Wilderness!

The Olympics have come and gone, and as you can see, we're getting back into the swing of things for the regular season. Right now, the news with the Wild is injuries. Who's got em? Who's coming back tomorrow? Who has to wait a bit?

But there's also time to look back. The Olympics aren't so far back in the rearview mirror that we'll abandon it today. It's also time to look forward. The stretch run starts tomorrow, and the trade deadline is about a week away. It doesn't seem like a move is imminent for the Wild, but you never know.

Not much more to say right now, so on to the Walk.

Wild News

Wild rookie goalie Darcy Kuemper turned it around just in time - Yes, he did.

Minnesota Wild: With ankle healing, Mikko Koivu hopes to play soon - Still healing? Man, how did he think he was going to play in the Olympics.

Minnesota Wild: Scandella skates, Koivu getting closer - Marco Scandella may come back tomorrow, but Mike Yeo says not to count on it. Still, his injury was really good timing for the Wild, he's about healed while missing only one game. Not too shabby.

Minnesota Wild's Backstrom Misses Practice, Goalie Trade Looming?- What else is new? When Backstrom hasn't been ineffective this season, he's been hurt.

Wild notes: Backstrom misses practice | Star Tribune- And other injury updates.

Four keys to the Wild's stretch run | Star Tribune- Mike Russo opines on what the Wild need for the home stretch.

Minnesota Wild Schedule: Post Olympic Preview- Giles previews the remainder of the season.

Parise didn't intend criticism of Bylsma | Star Tribune- Zach Parise revisits his comments after the Olympics.

Tending the Fields

Olli Maatta--What Might Have Been for the Minnesota Wild- I'll still say it: Mathew Dumba was a justifiable pick because he has the upside to be what other defensemen in that draft can't.

Off the Trail

The NHL Regular Season Is Back!- Yay!

Post-Olympic Break Primer: Central Division | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Emilie participates in this preview.

Post-Olympic Break Primer: Atlantic Division | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Emilie does not participate in this preview.

Sabres GM wants to trade Miller to a contender, get ‘value’ | ProHockeyTalk- Rumor has it that the Wild would trade Mikael Granlund and a first-round pick for Miller, but talks are getting hung up because Fletcher also wants to throw in Charlie Coyle and Jonas Brodin.

Steven Stamkos eyeing March 6 return date from broken leg | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Good news for the Lightning.

John Tavares will not need surgery, to miss 8-to-12 weeks | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Good news for the Islanders, who thought the Olympic Break would cost them their star player.

Winter (Olympics) Wrap Up

Ovechkin apologizes for Russian Olympic performance | ProHockeyTalk- Dude, Alex, yeah it wasn't great, but you don't have to apologize.

Four lessons USA Hockey can learn from Hockey Canada | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | Some strong words to slap Team USA back into shape.

Nick Backstrom’s Olympic quagmire, and the use of pseudoephedrine in hockey locker rooms | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | Nick Backstrom's Sudafed thing? Probably not a big deal, says Justin Bourne.

Why projecting the 2018 Olympic teams is a fool’s errand | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Because it's in four years?