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Today, your Minnesota Wild take to the ice for the first time in training camp, and let's see, did anything else happen in the last 24 hours ....

King Kuemper
King Kuemper
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I can't quite put my finger on it Wilderness, but something is different. It's as if this giant pressure has been lifted, and all the questions and drama surrounding at least 1 Minnesota professional sports team seems to have suddenly, vanished. With players dropping like flies on the West side of the metro area, things seem just a little more peaceful in the East. I wonder what it could be, when just a day ago, everything seemed so, uncertain.

THE WILD SIGNED DARCY KUEMPER!!!!

It was a long and difficult journey, but we finally made it folks! King Kuemper is back in Minnesota, ready to fend off pucks from those that would try to shoot one by him. So, to sum up, hockey is back, Kuemper is back, Ilya Bryzgalov is back (for a tryout at least), and something else ... What could it be ....

Oh yeah, the Wild suspended Harding for being stupid and thinking he could Incredible Hulk his foot through a brick wall.

Wild News

Josh Harding suspended; Darcy Kuemper signed to 2-year deal | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com
Kuemper is BACK! Harding has been suspended, and Bryz keeps looking over his shoulder for bears!

Minnesota Wild agree with Darcy Kuemper, suspend Josh Harding - TwinCities.com
So, the Wild have a goalie again. How about them apples?

Darcy Kuemper Signs a 2-Year Contract With Minnesota Wild | Gone Puck Wild
And you thought it was never going to happen!

Charlie Coyle or Nino Niederreiter: The Battle for Top 6 Forward | Gone Puck Wild
What say you Wilderness? Who gets those valuable top 6 minutes?

Off the Trail

Stars’ Peverley can work out, but isn’t allowed to skate yet | ProHockeyTalk
It's been a long road to recovery for Rich Peverley, whom if you recall collapsed on the Dallas Stars bench late last season.

New Season’s Resolutions for the NHL | Grantland.com
Resolutions are the best when they are broken, and everyone knows this!

Red Wings' Anthony Mantha out 6-8 weeks with fractured tibia - CBSSports.com
Red Wings fans will have to wait a while to see top prospect Anthony Mantha in action. The gifted scorer, who was expected to make the NHL roster this year, is out 6-8 weeks with a fractured right tibia.

Bordeleau (back) out about three months, others Avs limp into camp | ProHockeyTalk
Tyson Barrie's knee however seems to be doing fine.

NHL rumors: Bobby Ryan has seven-year offer from Senators - CBSSports.com
Ottawa must be fearful of the Vanek effect!

Remembering the Hartford Whalers, the NHL team we all want back - SBNation.com
The Hartford Whalers weren't good, but everybody still loves them today.

NHL Network-US announced 2014-15 preseason broadcast schedule - NHL Network
A little disappointing their aren't more Wild games included here. Especially because some of these teams were downright horrible last season, and they get more love than us. Fly-over country strikes again.

Puck Daddy’s NHL 2014-15 Emoji Preview: Los Angeles Kings | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
The Kings had a decent season, but can they get better?

Teemu Selanne demolishes Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau in book | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Selanne may be right, and Boudreau may be an ass, but he does come off as a whiny baby here. Nobody really looks good.