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Wilderness Walk: Night Before Christmas Edition

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Everything is quiet in the NHL, and we wish you all very Happy Holidays.

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the X, the building was void of skates, pucks and hip checks.  The league was shut down and the motive was clear, Bettman and co. want more goals to appear.  To give players some rest is a very small price, to give them some #GRITZ when they return to the ice.   The goal horn was nestled high up on the wall, as choruses of "Crowd Chant" echoed through the halls.  The Wild had just beaten the Canadiens, with Pittsburgh to be the next opponent to pen.  4th place in the Central isn't too bad, especially when you've got 3 games in hand.

The players were nestled all snug in their beds, while dreams of the playoffs danced in their heads. The team's found their game and that is the reason, the Kaptain is having a big bounceback season.  Vanek and Suter are also aboard - the comeback train, because all have scored.  The young guns and top-4 defense are signed, and on Spurgeon's new contract they have all dined.  Wild fans have just one wish to enter, on their Christmas list is a shiny new center.  But what will that cost and who could be out?  We'll just have to see if a trade is about.

Where, during break, should a hockey fan go?  Well, duh, we're in Minnesota - we've got Russo!  "That's not all," you say with a laugh, well hooray for us - we've also got Graff.  Hockey Wilderness, Wild Xtra and Young Levi too, all of the blogs will help you get through.  Joe Bouley and Tony, The Noogie and Ger - Jack, Barry, Chris and Alec are there.  Dakota and Dustin, The Dexster and B, all of the writers you keep coming to see.  So, from our family to yours in all sorts of ways, we wish you safe travels and Happy Holidays!

I've probably seen better light displays, but not set to this seriously rocking Christmas mash-up by the Trans Siberian Orchestra.  We Walk.

Wild News

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Tending The Fields

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On The Frozen Pond

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Off The Trail

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NHL scores 2015: Stars, Panthers and Canadiens continue streaks into Christmas break - SBNation.com
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