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Wilderness Walk: Weekend Edition

The countdown begins until the start of training camp.

I like to imagine all Granlund high-fives look like this.
I like to imagine all Granlund high-fives look like this.
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Welcome to the weekend, Wilderness.  If you're like me, it is certainly well deserved.  Time to lay outside by a pool and dream about hockey season.

We hope you've enjoyed the great features on hockey video games this week.  I have to agree with Tony and say that NHL Hitz is by far the most enjoyable gameplay experience, although I was always partial to the 2002 version.

Not a lot of news around the league, but there are some insightful articles below.  Does Craig Leipold have too much control over the team?  Will the Wild be hurt by the new concussion lawsuit?  Who is the top rated center in NHL 15?  Find out below.

Wild News

Does Wild owner Craig Leipold need to back off a bit? | State of Hockey News- It's impossible to know what happens behind the scenes, but Leipold does seem to care a lot about this team.

Ex-Wild player Fritsche in concussion suit, should the Wild be worried? - Gone Puck Wild - A Minnesota Wild Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Watch Every Matt Dumba Goal From the 2013-14 Season- Hopefully this feature will be a little longer next year.  Heck of a nice goal though.

NHL logo rankings No. 11: Minnesota Wild | Post-to-Post- It's definitely my number 1.  Although nothing can top the old Hartford Whalers logo.

Off The Trail

It's time to drastically overhaul minor league hockey in North America - SBNation.com- You have to feel for the West coast teams that have to fly their players across the county to get back and forth between clubs.  The Wild really have it easy with a team in Des Moines.

Brendan Shanahan has made Maple Leafs bulletproof (Trending Topics) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Surprisingly insightful stuff from Lambert.  You could probably write a book on Toronto hockey politics.

Nilsen Report | NHL 15 Center Ratings Now Revealed!- The top ones aren't too surprising, but how does Patrice Bergeron not make this list?

This hockey guy wins the Ice Bucket Challenge (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- This guy is the man.