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Today's Walk, brought to you on the same schedule as the Wild: taking a break and showing up late. Stick tap to Chris, who is on his honeymoon.

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Some members of the Wild return to the ice today, while many of the major players will enjoy their second consecutive day to recharge their batteries for one last push before the playoffs.  The Wild are going to ramp it up for two days of hard practice before returning to face the Islanders on Thursday.  During this long layoff, there will still be Wild news as College free-agent signings are starting to roll in, and the Wild has already been active, signing Grayson Downing and 2 other players, which you can read about below.  The minor league teams need some help, so it may be a very active time period for GMCF and the baby Wild.

And now we Walk, better late than never!

Wild News

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Tending The Fields

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On Frozen Pond

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