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Wilderness Walk: Time to Wake Up, Wild

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After a day off after the worst loss in recent memory, it's time for the Wild to get back to work today. They have a day to prepare before the Shorks come to town tomorrow. Signs indicate the San Jose-ians might be without their star Jumbo Joe, though I'm not sure the Wild are that lucky.

With that, it's time to get to the walk. The musical selection of the day fits with the theme: WAKE. UP.

Before that, though, stick taps are needed for Capgeek.com, which has officially ceased operations. We wish Mr. Wuest all the very best.

Also, make sure you read Russo's piece on Zach and JP Parise, but grab some kleenex before you do. Wishes and thoughts, folks.

Wild News

Parise's routine with Wild becomes far from routine | Star Tribune
All our best is with the Parise family.

New Year, Same Story for the Minnesota Wild | The Hockey Writers
The New Year is a time to turn things around, but the Minnesota Wild don't seem to be sticking to their resolution to make a change on the ice.

Wild players hope Dallas game was low point - and not destiny | TwinCities.com
Here's hoping... Wild need to wake up.

Minnesota Wild hit rock bottom; Mike Yeo in trouble? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Today in "phrases the Wild are hopefully tired of hearing."

Tending the Fields

Iowa Wild Hand Utica Comets Rare Loss | Gone Puck Wild
The Iowa Wild took on the league-leading Utica Comets on Saturday and handed the Comets a rare home loss.

Offense hard to come by for Minnesota Wild's AHL affiliate | Hockey's Future
A run down of the Iowa Wild and how they are doing.

2015 World Junior Hockey Championships scores: Russia, Canada advance to gold medal game | SBNation.com
Funny, SBN has a typo- isn't the US in th-.... oh... never mind.

The Ice Hole

Gophers women's hockey: Double hat tricks key rout of St. Lawrence | TwinCities.com
So, uh, they're good? 10-0? Yeah, they're good.

Off the Trail

Sharks' Thornton likely to miss Monday's game, could return during road trip | theScore
That would be a welcome gift come tomorrow... no Jumbo Joe for the Shorks...

Rask believes struggling Bruins could use a beer - really, they need more goals | theScore
Wait, you mean other teams' goalies are struggling too? That's ok with me!

Oilers assign rookie Draisaitl to CHL | theScore
"trade certainly coming in the next day or two." Any interest, Wilderness? Hot rookie center?

NHL fines Flyers for traveling on Dec. 26 | theScore
Hmmmmm.

Luongo says he’s fine after collision with Ovechkin (Update) | ProHockeyTalk
Obi clotheslines Luongo... nothing called. Because hockey I guess?

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