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Wilderness Walk: #BabcockWatch is Over Edition

The big domino has fallen, the rest will follow shortly.

Oh, Toronto, you get the best personalities #BabcockWatch #RobFord
Oh, Toronto, you get the best personalities #BabcockWatch #RobFord
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It took 11 goals and an overtime to settle last night's action in Tampa Bay as the Lightning defeated the Rangers to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals.  The Minnesota Twins also won their game in extra frames on Joe Mauer's first home run of the year.  I digress.  Nikita Kucherov sent a snipe past King Henrik to send the crowd happyhappy early in the first overtime.  Chicago and Anheim are set to do battle after their last meeting took over 116 minutes to settle.  At least there is very entertaining hockey to be seen while we prepare for the draft and free agency.

In case you were hiding under a rock yesterday, Mike Babcock shocked the world by leaving Buffalo at the alter and signing an 8 year, $50 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.  With Babcock and Todd McLellan settled, the rest of the dominos will fall into coaching vacancies with big names like Dan Bylsma available and openings in several places, most notably in Jack Eichel's new home, Buffalo.  Enjoy your Thursday music selection.

Wild News

Say It Ain't Spurge - Articles - Articles - Homepage - Wild Xtra
Ben starts to peel back the onion on Tank's future

Minnesota Wild’s top free agent priorities - Along the Boards
ATB takes a look at what they think the Wild need to do in Free Agency

Do You Feel a Draft?

The Minnesota Wild's Best Value Picks On Draft Day - Gone Puck Wild - A Minnesota Wild Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
A look at the five best "value" picks by the Minnesota Wild at the NHL Entry Draft

NHL Draft 2015: Potential picks for the Minnesota Wild - Along the Boards
The offseason is here for the Minnesota Wild, and with NHL Draft on their mind, we have five potential prospects they could take at the 20th selection.

NHL Mock Draft – McDavid, Eichel and …. - NICE SKATES, WANNA PUCK?
EKcellent pick for the Wild


The 2015 NHL Playoffs All-Bust Team "
Will any in a Wild sweater make this list? You betcha.

WATCH: Andrew Shaw's head-butt goal in double OT disallowed -
Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw tried to score a goal with his head on Tuesday night. That is not allowed.

Many NHL players didn't realize header goals are illegal -
Andrew Shaw wasn't the only player that thought he could head the puck into the net for a legal goal. Several others shared their disbelief on Twitter.

C'Mon Ref: Why Shaw's headbutt goal was disallowed - Article - TSN
Shaw header disallowed

Put Me in, Coach

Babcock joins Leafs with eight-year, $50M deal - Article - TSN
#BabcockWatch comes to a dramatic close

Maple Leafs Win Babcock Sweepstakes - Articles - Articles - Homepage - Wild Xtra
Babcock, 52, brings an impressive resume with him to Toronto. A Stanley Cup winner with Detroit in 2008, Babcock has also had great success in international play, leading Team Canada to the gold medal at the 2004 International Ice Hockey Federa...

Bruins Name Don Sweeney General Manager - Boston Bruins - News
Boston Bruins Name Don Sweeney General Manager

Off The Trail

Blue Jackets name Nick Foligno team captain -
Forward Nick Foligno is the new captain of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The team played the past two seasons without a captain.

Andrew 'Hamburglar' Hammond gets triple decker contract extension from Sens | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: On Wednesday, the Ottawa Senators announced they’ve extended Hammond for three years.

Preds End of the Year Report Card: Matt Cullen
#OneOfUs wants to come back home?