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The Vikings kick off at noon, but you only have to put up with them for a few more weeks before the puck drops.

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Welcome to the first in a long string of the laziest Sunday's in the USA. Football officially kicked off its season on Thursday, but today the real fireworks are set to go off.

For a lot of people this means endless wings, cold beer, chips with dip, and of course 2 football teams beating each other into oblivion for 60 minutes and then hugging it out afterwords. For me, today is not only about football, but a reminder that hockey is right around the corner. It's like my 2-minute warning before training camp kicks off.

Today's walk features what some might call an oldie, which isn't entirely untrue but it's certainly not as old as what I brought to you in Friday's walk. At any rate, enjoy your walk, enjoy your football. SKOL VIKINGS!

Wild News

Jason Zucker excited to "perform" in training camp; Josh Harding on special Upper Deck trading card | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com
Russo offers a little behind the scenes reporting on Jason Zucker and his injury situation late last season.

Watch Every Goal Ryan Suter Scored Last Season - Gone Puck Wild
The hat-trick in January was especially notable. Watch all of them, but on that 3rd goal listen Greenlay's commentary on Stoner just before the video ends. #WeDontNeedHim

Tending the Fields

Duke ready to contribute — no ill will after holdout › The Lethbridge Herald – myLH.ca
Reid Duke ended his holdout with the Lethbridge Hurricanes and was back on the ice for their WHL exhibition tournament last weekend.

Pavel Jenys Will Play For The Sudbury Wolves - Gone Puck Wil
The Wild's 7th round selection in the 2014 draft has a huge frame and will look to hone his skills in the OHL this season.

The Team of 18,001: Top 10 Prospects: #8 Mario Lucia
The Team of 18,001 take a look at Mario Lucia, son of Gophers Mens head coach Don Lucia.

The Team of 18,001: Top 10 Prospects: #7 Christian Folin
Christian Folin was signed as an undrafted free agent late last season, and hopes to make an impact with the squad real soon.

Off the Trail

How well do goalies age? A look at a goalie aging curve. | hockey-graphs
Hockey-Graphs takes a look at goalie aging and how it affects performance. So what is in store for Backy, Hards, and the Kuemperor?

Down Goes Brown: Sailing the seven C's
7 captaincy's are wide open going into the 2014-15 NHL season, and no, the Wild are not one of them Mikko Koivu haters.

Free agent Bertuzzi ‘wants to continue playing’ | ProHockeyTalk
If Chuck Fletcher really wants to piss off the Wild fan base and troll Avs fans at the same time...

Report: Sharks dumping black jerseys for teal in playoffs | ProHockeyTalk
Closed Circuit to San Jose, it's not the jerseys, it's the people wearing them that's the problem.

Player tracking chips could change the way people analyze hockey - Second City Hockey
The NHL wants player tracking data, and that likely means inserting computer chips into players on the ice.

Neal betting on Roy having a big season | ProHockeyTalk
It's Woy not Roy but not that Woy.

Liam Reddox scores ridiculous goal in Champions League (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Be sure to watch the replay, pay attention to the behind the net angle.

Capitals, Blackhawks finally book Winter Classic at Nationals Park | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Phew! Glad we finally know.

Ducks host 'Hockey Day in Southern California' | FOX Sports
THIEVES!!!!!

Lost in the Woods

Former police officer earns fastest red card in MLS history | Dirty Tackle - Yahoo Sports
Pretty blatant of the Colorado Rapids goal keeper, and it just went down hill for the Rapids from there. Also, great tribute by the LA Galaxy, all wearing 'Luca' arm bands to show their support for Luca DeLaGarza, infant son of AJ DeLaGarza. Luca passed away Thursday afternoon due to complications from Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Luca was just a week old.