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Wilderness Walk: Close, But No Cigar (yet) Edition

The US National Team is on the cusp of advancing in the World Cup. They were close, but need a win or a tie to finish the job.

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Hello, there Wilderness. Hopefully you watched that heartbreaker yesterday against Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal. If not, give it a shot.

In the meantime, there's plenty of news, the draft is coming, AND...

THERE IS A NEW PODCAST that should be up today or tomorrow! PLUS it features our very own 1sadclown!

For now, enjoy a local band- they play around the Cities, and are a great group of folks. For your walking pleasure, I present: Beacon James.

Wild News

Minnesota Wild 2014 NHL Draft preview | Hockey's Future
A review of the Wild's recent drafts, their current needs, their prospects, and some thoughts on the coming draft. GREAT read.

Wild owner praises GM Fletcher: ‘I like his style’ | ProHockeyTalk
Craig Leopold clearly does not read the TIE WATCH coverage here at the Wilderness... I'll try not to hold it against him.

Wild, Avs will renew rivalry quickly | Star Tribune
Russo officially declaring Wild v. Avalanche "Rivalry." Patrick Roy-not-Wah and his clip-on ties agree.

2014-15 Schedule Release | Team of 18.001
Giles' take on the Wild's 14-15 schedule.

Wild schedule: No outdoor game; Avs rematch to start | Pioneer Press
Chad Graff's look at the Wild's 14-15 schedule. Incl. pic of referee giving Cody McLeod a hug.

Breaking down the Wild's 2014-15 schedule; Russo's Roadie Tips | Russo's Rants |
Russo's take on the Wild's recently announced Schedule

2014 NHL Mock Draft-A-Palooza | State of Hockey News
A look at a number of mock drafts, and some predictions of who the Wild might take at pick 18.

Down the Hole (Gopher News)

Swedish Forward William Fallstrom Commits to Minnesota | SB Nation College Hockey
Minnesota lands a Swedish commit for the third time in eight months.

On Tap (Draft News)

Good or not, the 2014 NHL Draft may be ‘wild’ | ProHockeyTalk
The supposed mediocrity of the 2014 draft class could create some draft-day-drama.

Fantasy Hockey | 2014 NHL Mock Draft Analysis | RotoRob
Hockey Wilderness' own Dakota Case mock-drafts picks 16-20, Incl. the Wild's pick at 18.

Off the Trail

What We Got Wrong in the NHL Playoffs |
A few predictions made before the playoffs, and where they went wrong.

Report: Kings make Gaborik a three-year offer | ProHockeyTalk
It will be tough for them to re-sign him given their cap situation, but they're going to try.

Report: Kings make Gaborik a three-year offer | ProHockeyTalk
It will be tough for them to re-sign him given their cap situation, but they're going to try.

Puck Daddy's 10 can't-miss dates of the 2014-15 NHL season | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
10 dates that promise to be intriguing at worst, with some great match ups. None involving the Wild.

USA 2, Portugal 2: Shocking finish denies United States easy trip to next round | theScore
Seriously, even if you don't like soccer, check out USA's games in the World Cup. They are changing the global opinion of US soccer, and representing Americans VERY well. Next game is Thursday at 11:00 AM against Germany- if we win or tie, we advance to the next round.