I'll take the blame, Wilderness. After what was a rather slow news day, there's a barrage today. This means it's back to school (literally, it starts today) and there's a bunch of links! Before we get there, a few notes:
A new podcast was recorded last night, and should be posted any day now, so watch out!
Oh, and don't forget to read this article about the Vikings... hilarious.
With that, a few suggestions for the new Wild Goal Song.
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With that, on to the Walk
What Should The Minnesota Wild's Top Pairing Be In 2014/15? | The Hockey Writers
Hockey Wilderness' own Ger Devine debuts on The Hockey Writers with this great read. His suggested pairings for the Wild are brilliant- check them out!
It's Sept. 1... | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com
A lengthy update from the ever-worth-reading Russo. Definitely worth a read!
Five Minnesota Wild Storylines To Follow In September | The Hockey Writers
Dustin Nelson takes a look at 5 questions coming into the Wild Season. If you didn't see #1 coming, I don't know what to do for you. Also, we talk briefly about #3 on the latest podcast, so tune in for that!
Report: Wild looking to 'get the Niederreiter deal right' with several RFAs next summer | theScore
Breaking (in that we've known this for a good long while): RFA's could be an issue. Nino's case is definitely intriguing though.
Wild Prospect Nick Seeler Rumored To Be Heading to Gophers | Gone Puck Wild
Could the Gophers be getting a new player?
Lemaire You Know: How Many Days Until Camp Now? | Gone Puck Wild
A rundown of some news/happenings in the world of the Wild. Think of it as a "Wilderness Walk Gone Wild".
Yeo to split Wild’s first three preseason games among three goalies | ProHockeyTalk
Good idea? Terrible idea?
From the Frozen Pond
4 MNers Set For USA Hockey All-Americans Prospects Game | Gone Puck Wild
4 'Sotans will be appearing in the game; find out who!
Off the Trail
James Mirtle: A word on our words | A hockey journalist's blog
Definitely worth a read: on Twitter and why it matters.
Ready to Standout: 5 Players to Watch in 2014-15 Season | The Hockey Writers
The Hockey Writers exploded with "Top 5/10/etc." lists, and I'll link to some of them here. The Wild don't make an appearance here (mistake) but some rival players do.
Top 5 Defense Lineups Entering the 2015 NHL Season | The Hockey Writers
Another list the Wild were somehow mistakenly left off. You won't believe how many Eastern Conference teams made the cut, though.
Top 5 Forward Lineups Entering the 2015 NHL Season | The Hockey Writers
It's really hard to argue with most of these; ironically, one of the most offensively impotent teams in the NHL made the "honorable mentions" C'est La Vie!
Contract talks between Avalanche, Barrie could be held up by Schultz's deal with Oilers | theScore
The Lanche may have hit a snag in re-signing Tyson Barrie (who I know played in the first couple games of the post-season, but then just disappeared... (too soon?))
THW’s Big List of Comeback Candidates | The Hockey Writers
You'll never believe who is due for a comeback season because they're finally healthy...
Does Your City Deserve an NHL Team? | The Hockey Writers
A rundown of where the NHL could expand to, and some pros and cons for each...
Five interesting players still on UFA market | ProHockeyTalk
Is there anyone here the Wild should sign?
NHL’s hardest working defensemen in 2013-14 | ProHockeyTalk
If you're surprised by who tops this list, you haven't been paying attention.