Good morning, Wilderness! Game 1 was exciting, game 2 was thrilling, and game 3... well, we'll see. It's time for the Rangers to get down and dirty to win some games, and stop giving up 2-goal leads. Down and dirty like... ZZ Top.
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A few notes before we start: game 3 is tonight at 7:00, and I believe it will be on NBC (not SN). Also, there was another episode of the podcast recorded last night, and it should be posted sometime today. Lastly, Minnesota United clinched the spring championship on Saturday, bringing the trophy to Minnesota.
Wild news will (hopefully) start picking up as we approach the draft, but for now, on to the Walk.
State of Hockey News: Wild Sign Michael Keränen- Not new news, but a new article, and a good read too.
The Hockey Writers: Overthinking the Wild Signing of Keränen- GREAT read, talking about what the signing of Sprout might mean for the Wild. If you click on one link, make it this one.
Puck Daddy: Wild Expect Josh Harding to be Available for Training Camp- Hopefully... I have my doubts that he'll ever be reliable.
Team of 18,001: Season in Review: Jonas Brodin- Team of 18,001 continues their player-by-player breakdowns
Team of 18,001: Season in Review: Charlie Coyle- Team of 18,001 continues their player-by-player breakdowns
Team of 18,001: Season in Review: Darcy Kuemper- Team of 18,001 continues their player-by-player breakdowns
Team of 18,001: Season in Review: Nino Niederreiter- Team of 18,001 continues their player-by-player breakdowns
On Tap (Draft News)
The Hockey Writers: The Next Ones- THW continues their draft coverage, including the following players:
In the Hunt
Puck Daddy: LA Kings: The Unhappiest Team in the Playoffs- That might be a bit of hyperbole by Puck Daddy, but the Kings didn't lead until they won in OT in both game 1 and 2.
Pro Hockey Talk: Kings Haven't Paid for Mistakes... Yet- Will they? Won't they? Time will tell.
Pro Hockey Talk: "It Isn't About the Stats" for Quick- I'll try to stay off my soapbox.... but numbers don't lie (though they do get misunderstood).
NHL: Quick v Lundqvist- Interesting breakdown of the two final goalies
Under-age (Minor League News)
Caddyshack (Gopher News)
SBN College Hockey: Lehr, Höglund Sign Acceptance of Admission- We have 2 new gophers!
Off the Trail
CBC- NHL Has Decisions to Make on Replay, Interference- GREAT GREAT article about video replay. Read it!!!!
The Hockey Writers: PK Subban: Offer Sheet Target?- Some speculation on Subban's future in Montreal
Star Tribune: Minnesota United Win Spring Championship- MNU Wins the Spring Title
The Score: Nadal defeats Djokovic, wins 9th French Open- Two beasts battled yesterday