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Wilderness Walk: Longest Day Of The Year Edition

It's the calm before the storm of the draft and free agency.

Bruce Bennett

Hockey has officially been over an entire week and I already want it back.  On the bright side, only 92 days until the preseason opener!  More importantly, it's less than a week until the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.  There's bound to be a few fireworks.  Until then, sit back, relax, bone up on your prospects, and enjoy some nice weather after the endless rain!

On to the Walk!

Wild News

Road Tour Celebrities Announced - Minnesota Wild - News- Yeah, it's a slow day for Wild news.  But in case you missed it and want to meet Matt Cooke, Wes Walz, Charlie Coyle, Jason Zucker, Erik Haula, Stephane Veilleux, and Antti Laaksonen, check out the posted cities.

2014 Wild Draft Preview: Defenseman | State of Hockey News- It's hard to predict which defensemen will fall to the Wild in the draft.

Off The Trail

Penguins rejected by Willie Desjardins, will restart coach search next week | Puck Daddy- Pittsburgh gets rejected by the arguably the best coach available.  Oh how the mighty have fallen.

Report: Willie Desjardins traveling to Vancouver, expected to be named new head coach | theScore- And in a surprise twist, Vancouver seems to be the winner.

Winter Classic 2015: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Washington Capitals in DC | Puck Daddy - Well it's not exactly a rivalry and both teams have already had their chance at the Classic.  On the other hand, seeing Patrick Kane uncensored on 24/7 could be amazing.

Friedman: 'I think (the Sharks) are trying to get Joe Thornton to go' | theScore- I understand the Sharks want to restructure their team, but how does a guy who scores 65 assists not fit into your new system?

Buyer beware with Matt Niskanen, a top NHL free agent defenseman - Niskanen is going to cash in on a great year.

Reznik's Rankings: Top 60 for the 2014 NHL Draft- A comprehensive guide.

NHL Grab Bag: The Stylings of Sutter- The always great grab bag.

Red Wings tell ‘puck bunny’ to do more than marry NHL player | Puck Daddy- The Red Wings twitter account gets deep with some life advice.