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Wilderness Walk: Trophy Time!

The NHL Awards for the 2014-15 Season will be hosted in future NHL city Las Vegas tonight - will any of your heroes take home some hardware?

Sid the Kid and his 2013-14 Trophy Trifecta
Sid the Kid and his 2013-14 Trophy Trifecta
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NHL Awards day is here!  The event kicks off the exciting part of the offseason which includes the awards, the draft starting on Friday and free agency opening July 1st.  As you know, the NHL is a fast-moving league with most of the big moves coming at the draft and in the opening days of free agency.  So buckle up, because it's about to get real.

Your Minnesota Wild are represented at tonight's awards by one Devan Dubnyk, who reiterated publicly from Las Vegas his desire to play in Minnesota.  That story will have an ending soon, we just don't know how happy it will be quite yet.  Stay tuned.  Dubnyk is up for the (very unlikely, see: Price, Carey) Vezina and (slightly more likely, see: Letang, Kris) Masterton trophies.  We leave you with one of the NHL Awards' most shining moments for today's music selection as we Walk:

Wild News

Devan Dubnyk meets with Wild GM: "I want to be there. He wants me to be there" | Star Tribune
Russo breaks it down

Dubnyk Talks Desire To Stay With Minnesota - Minnesota Wild - News
The song hasn't changed, let's hope that means an easy negotiation over the next week

First Round Picks In The Chuck Fletcher Era - Articles - Articles - Homepage - Wild Xtra
We know the tragic tales of the Risebrough era, how has GMCF done in the draft?

Minnesota Wild to take methodical approach to first round of 2015 NHL Draft - 2015 NHL Draft
A method to the madness

Tending the Fields

USHL Announces Overtime Rules Changes
4-on-4 then 3-on-3.  WOO HOO!!!!!


NHL Draft evaluation beginning to use advanced statistics, analytics - 2015 NHL Draft

Who's on the block? TSN’s Trade Bait board - Article - TSN


Dual offer sheets the way to land RFA talent - Article - TSN

NHL Free Agents: Puck Daddy’s top 15 unrestricted defensemen | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: After detailing the top free agent forwards, here are the top 15 defensemen that could hit the free agent market this July 1.

Off the Trail

NHL salary cap official set at $71.4 million for 2015-16 | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
So go forth, Chicago Blackhawks fans, and see how much salary cap space your team will actually have to retain the roster. Wither Patrick Sharp? - Melrose: Predicting NHL award winners - Melrose Minute
Love me some Melrose.  Always entertaining.

NHL Awards: Predicting The 2014-2015 Winners
It's a slide show, but what the heck?

Nashville Predators nearing two-year deal with Mike Fisher: Report | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
As expected.

Can the San Jose Sharks trade their way out of rebuild mode this week? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
This could be the most interesting team to watch over the next 2 weeks.

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With the NHL offseason in full swing, here's a look at seven big questions facing a variety of teams in the Western Conference this summer.

NHL offseason: 7 burning questions about the Eastern Conference -
The Eye On Hockey staff gets you ready for the NHL offseason by asking seven burning questions about each conference. On Monday we start with the Eastern Conference.