The series heads back to Tampa following a narrow defeat by the Blackhawks at the United Center. It was a fairly uneventful and low-scoring affair. The only real drama was the complete absence of Ben Bishop, but Andrei Vasilevski - just 20 years old - was steadfast in his absence against a desperate Blackhawks team. Not only do we head back to Tampa now, but we will also be subject to Chelsea Dagger one final time as the series will also make it back to Chicago. Back in the Wilderness, talks have begun with Devan Dubnyk about his new contract, but there are some conflicting reports about how that it has gone so far. I wonder if Tampa would accept Backstrom and Cooke for Vasilevski.... I kid, I kid. Have a great day, Wilderness. We'll continue to monitor the Duby situation and everything else leading up to the draft.
Today's musical selection is aligned with what I expect from the citizens of Florida after last night's loss (see what I did there?). We Walk:
Report: Contract talks between Wild, Dubnyk proving 'difficult' | theScore
Ruh Roh.... but this is likely just speculation. Don't believe this until you hear it from Russo.
Rumblings: Minnesota Wild start contract talks with Devan Dubnyk - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Contract talks began last week between the Wild and Devan Dubnyk, but just how they will find a deal that works before July 1 remains to be seen.
Wild’s Vanek Has Sports Hernia Surgery - THW
THW examines the effect of Vanek's hernia
Rollin on 20's - Articles - Articles - Homepage - Wild Xtra
Ben takes a look at the history of the 20th pick in the draft
2015 Stanley Cup Final recap: What you need to know about Game 4 - CBSSports.com
Everything you need to know about the Chicago Blackhawks Game 4 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final.
Blackhawks ready for ‘angry’ rally in Stanley Cup Final | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: The Chicago Blackhawks say their backs are against the wall in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. Coach Joel Quenneville wants them to act like it.
Blackhawks' Timonen to play in Game 4 - Article - TSN
He will now qualify to have his name etched on the Cup
Off The Trail
Own The Puck Tableau Visuals: Impact on Linemates: Shot Generation and Suppression
OK stat-heads, say goodbye to your afternoon. Stick tap to Uncle_Walt for throwing this out in the comments yesterday.
Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid: Future Sabres star hopes to outshine top pick | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Eichel is Buffalo. You can sense there’s already a chip on his shoulder the size of Lake Erie because of McDavid.
Puck Daddy Power Rankings: Ben Bishop’s injury, Dougie Hamilton, copycats | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
All of the things in the NHL.
Rumblings: Hurricanes must make decision on Eric Staal's future - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Could be a nice fit for the Wild... if they could find a way to make it work.
Rumblings: Canucks putting goalie on trade market - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
A possible plan B if things go awry with Duby?