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Wilderness Walk: Game D..... never mind...

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Well, we're getting deeper into the time without Wild hockey, wilderness... and that means one of two things: the Twins, or the Loons.

The Twins have won (somehow) like 13 of the last 10 games. The Loons, meanwhile, were winless through 4 games, but just pulled out a 1-0 victory over the so-far undefeated Atlanta Silverbacks (yes, that's really their name). By all accounts, the Loons played well. If you want proof, feel free to watch their games (both home and away) on KSTC 45, with home commentators.

ok, that's my last shill for MNUFC. For now. Seriously though, they do good work- check out a game!

Anyways... as this is the offseason and the draft is still a little ways out, there's not a ton of news, but there's some. Also, there's a great 70's live performance. So... let's walk!

Wild News

The Minnesota Wild Have No Reason to be Disappointed | The Hockey Writers
Our own Alli Baker tells us why we shouldn't be disappointed at the season's end.

Hartman: Wild not as far off as sweep indicates |
Lou Nanne believes the team could have beaten the Blackhawks with only a few breaks along the way.

Wild will balance status quo with unknown this offseason |
Michael Rand looks at the ups and downs of "going all in".

Chuck Fletcher's offseason to-do list for the Wild |
The STribbers give their to-do list for GMCF.

Minnesota Wild: Chuck Fletcher's offseason to-do list |
The Pio Press wants in on this "to-do list" bizness.

Charley Walters: Wild were fast, but they didn't finish |
Parise is fast, but not quick, and other oxymorons from the PP.

Tending the Fields

Nate Knoepke Commits to Minnesota | SB Nation College Hockey
Big guy, good skater... gopher next year.

The Top Five goalies not affiliated with NHL teams...yet | Hockey's Future
Any interest here?

Off the Trail

Report: Maple Leafs have already spoken with Mike Babcock | theScore
C'mon... you KNOW you want to re-hire Carlyle, Leafs. You, and we, both know it. Do it.

Report: Babcock visits with Sabres owners, general manager Sunday | theScore
I guess Buffalo wants in on the Babcock-lottery as well.

Report: John Tortorella wants to make a return to the NHL | theScore
So..... Are we interested? (hint: the answer is heck no)


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