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Wilderness Walk: Tick Tock Edition

With the completion of the Stanley Cup Finals, GM's are on the clock trying to sign their own pending free agents before free agency opens on July 1st. Expect some Dubnyk news over the next two weeks as that situation develops.

Free agency will be quickly upon us
Free agency will be quickly upon us
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So, the Blackhawks won the Cup.  Again.  Great.  We're over it.  Moving on and moving up.  Ready for the fireworks, though that may not be what happens in Minny this offseason.  We know that the salary cap is a heavy issue for next year with the Wild's current situation.  What we don't know is whether GMCF will put his faith behind the youth's improvement to put us over the top, or if big changes are coming in order to keep moving the team forward.  Or, maybe there's that one sneaky move Fletch has up his sleeve that will be the difference.

The good news is that those answers are coming.  And soon.  The draft is just over a week away on June 26, and Free Agency opens July 1.  We should have a pretty good idea before the draft how this team will look heading into the 2015-16 season.  Nothing like the thrill of anticipation.  We Walk.

Wild News

Off-Season Game Plan: Minnesota Wild - Article - TSN
Scott Cullen maps GMCF's summer

The Trade Value of Mikko Koivu Will Disappoint the Minnesota Wid
The Minnesota Wild could be looking to trade Mikko Koivu, but does he have the value many Wild fans believe he does or will they be disappointed?

The Season In Ten Games - Game 8 - Articles - Articles - Homepage - Wild Xtra
Game 8 – Colorado 3, Wild 2– March 8, 2015 (Game 66 of the season)The BuildupAs the calendar hit March, the Wild were red hot, securely in a playoff spot and Devan Dubnyk was playing his best hockey of the season. They entered game 66 having wo...

On Frozen Pond

Mike Reilly informs Blue Jackets he won't sign, hits free agency -
Reilly has narrowed the list to 2 or 3 teams (read: 1. Chicago 2. Chicago 3. Chicago)

How Mike Reilly has gone from undersized to overshadowing the Stanley Cup Final - Articles - Articles - Homepage - Wild Xtra
Thanks Nate, as always.


Chicago Bears Win Stanley Cup - Puck Daddy
You can't make this stuff up.

Blackhawks fans throw toilet paper around Joel Quenneville's house (Photos) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
This is a strange tradition. But I like it.

Free Agency / Draft

See the results of SB Nation's 2015 NHL mock draft -
It's time for SB Nation's sixth annual NHL mock draft. Full details and results here.

Saad's contract looms large for 'Hawks - Article - TSN
Goodbye Bickell, Sharp, Oduya, Richards....

Sens look to deal goalie pre-draft - Article - TSN
And other trade rumors

Off The Trail

Blackhawks ‘got black people lovin’ hockey’ and apparently everyone else in Chicago | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: "You know how awesome the Hawks are? It sounds messed up but it’s true: They got black people lovin’ hockey. Ain’t that something?"

Glendale willing to renegotiate arena lease - Article - TSN
Where oh were will the Yotes be next year?