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Wilderness Walk: Mid-Season Vacation Edition

If only you could take an Olympic break from your daily job.

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Good morning Wilderness! Dan has decided to take a day off and make the trip up North for some skiing at Lutsen, so you are left with me. We'll try to get through this as pain free as possible!

Just a few bits'o'news floating around the Wild and the league as a whole these days as the Olympic break is trickling in for teams as they finish up remaining games before the whole league takes a break. The Wild get an extra couple of days off as their final game was Thursday (my birthday) and they kicked off their vacation with an overtime win against the Nashville Predators at the X.

I don't have much to give you this morning, so we will get right into the links. Enjoy the walk folks!

Wild News

Mikko Koivu to miss Winter Olympics | Russo's Rants |
Kaptain Koivu will miss out on on one of the grandest stages the game can be played on.

Minnesota Wild Ready for a Break; Koivu Backs Out of Sochi
The Minnesota Wild don't know the meaning of the word "quit", but they do know the meaning of the word "break". Injury and Olympic news abounds today.

The Team of 18,001: Wild At The Olympic Break: Was This Even Possible?
From being left for dead to holding onto a solid 7th seed in the West. The Wild have come a long way since the calendar flipped to 2014.

Tending the Fields

Off the Trail

Jiri Hudler crashes Lakers practice in full hockey gear, looks ridiculous (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
About the most interesting thing to happen to Basketball in a long time.

GM David Poile undergoes surgery, won't travel with Team USA to Sochi -
General manager David Poile won't travel with Team USA to Sochi, but could join them later, after undergoing surgery after being hit by a puck.

Kris Letang suffers stroke, will miss at least six weeks -
In a shocking revelation Friday, the Penguins announced that defenseman Kris Letang suffered a stroke last week. He will miss at least six weeks of action. Just plain scary!

Pens, Bylsma reflect on Letang situation | ProHockeyTalk
Has to make you appreciate the health you have if something like this can happen to a kid in peak physical condition.

NHL won’t hold hearing for Brown’s high hit on Murray | ProHockeyTalk
Why would they? Not like he has a history of shady hits on the ice ...

Sochi, 2014

An Idiot’s Guide to “Ice Hockey” at the Winter Olympics | Backhand Shelf | Blogs |
Some minor rule changes to keep in mind for the Olympics, like no goalie trapezoid!

2014 Men’s Olympic Hockey Preview: USA | Backhand Shelf
A look at the U.S. Olympic roster.

NHL vs. Olympics: Going to Games is treat for players, troubling for owners - Yahoo Sports
The NHL's participation in the Olympics is rewarding experience for the players, but the league's owners feel left out in the cold.

Sweden really shouldn’t go for ‘vindictive’ at the Olympics (Trending Topics) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Ah, the age-old question. Do you try to get payback for injuries suffered in a different league while at the Olympics?

Zdeno Chara’s bed in Sochi requires a bit of an extension (Photos) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Could probably use a wider bed as well as longer. This doesn't look comfortable!

NHLers in Sochi: can hockey continue to serve two masters? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Gary Bettman has yet to reveal how the 2018 Winter Games will play our for NHL players.

Capitals' Marcus Johansson replaces Henrik Sedin on Sweden's roster -
Marcus Johansson has been tabbed to replace Henrik Sedin on Sweden's roster for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.