If you live in Minnesota, or watch ESPN, you've no doubt heard of the three way trade our local Timberwolves are engaged in. Basically, they are moving their best player, Kevin Love, because he has shown no interest in re-signing with the team. This was all a long time coming, but the return is actually quite surprising. Love is rumored to be going to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins, 2013 and 2014's number one overall picks.
Obviously the NBA is a much different league than the NHL. However, I was still curious to see what this trade would look like for the Wild. They would give up their best veteran player (Zach Parise or Ryan Suter arguably) in exchange for Nathan MacKinnon and Sam Bennett. Naturally the situation would be different if Parise or Suter were entering their final contract year, but let's assume the actual contracts apply. The situation could also be different had Seth Jones gone number one in 2013 like expected. What do you think, Wilderness? Do you take that deal?
On to the Walk:
Watch Every Goal Matt Moulson Scored Last Season- Some pretty goals towards the end of the year, just not enough in the playoffs.
Ilya Bryzgalov Wants To Come Back To Minnesota- More insight on possibly getting Bryzgalov to come back.
Hockey’s Ryan Suter Is Back - Madison Magazine- Suter learns the business side of hockey.
Off The Trail
Bruins need a trade to free up space for Torey Krug, Reilly Smith - Sports - The Boston Globe- The Bruins are above the cap and need to clear space. Boychuk, Bartkowski, McQuaid, and Kevin Miller could be involved in possible trades. Do the Wild take the bait to try and get that veteran defenseman they've been looking for?
San Jose Sharks and their baffling offseason (Trending Topics) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- San Jose has made some incredibly dumb moves. But they'll still make the playoffs.
Gary Bettman: The worst pro sports commissioner ever?- Sometimes I can't tell if Bettman is actually evil incarnate or just a shrewd businessman.
Capitals' Joel Ward: 'The game is evolving every day and (analytics) are definitely going to be part of it' | theScore- Players are starting to buy into the analytics game.
How are commentators programmed into sports video games? - Extra Mustard - SI.com- Really interesting interview on how NHL 15 used Doc Emrick and Eddie Olczyk's voices to power the video game.
Former Penguins coach Bylsma reflects on offseason moves: 'We had stability, great stability' | theScore- Bylsma speaks for the first time since losing his job. It's only a matter of time until a coach is fired mid-season and Bylsma swoops in to put out the fire.
Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: The Top 100 players for 2014-15 | Puck Daddy- Three Wild players crack the top 100.
NHL Player Rankings: Top 10 goalies for 2014-2015- Article is invalid for not including the KUEMPEROR!