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Wilderness Walk: Get Back to Work Edition

Noogie here, stepping up today because I'm awesome and not at all conceited.

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There is not much better than waking up in the Wilderness on a Monday morning, getting out the door to start your work week, and realizing that it is Tuesday! No, this doesn't mean you slept through Monday, or that we're just this much closer to free agency. It's just, I don't have to go into the office on Friday, and that's exciting for me.

So here we are ladies and germs. We are post-(hashtag)TheDraft and before you can have a chance to blink, BOOM! It's time to start talking about free agency. It seems like only yesterday we were drafting these kids. Now they've gone-done grown up on us and become Free Agents. This July the first, each of these players will be putting on their shiny shoes as they dance,  with elegance and grace, the familiar courtship dance between players and teams.

"Matchmaker, matchmaker make me a match, find me a find, catch me a catch"

It's that glorious time of year where new alliances are forged and hearts broken, sometimes even taking years to get over. Sure, they'll pretend they're over it, maybe even concoct some narrative like they're better off without, but everyone knows it isn't true.

Don't blink Wilderness! Free agency comes and goes quickly, and soon it will all be over. Then what are we going to talk about?

Wild News

Dealing with Dubnyk - Minnesota Wild - Wild Xtra
A little extra analysis on the Dubs deal.

Minnesota Wild's 2015-16 Depth Chart; My Devan Dubnyk contract analysis - Russo's Rants
A weekend in review, basically.

Off the Trail

Nicklas Lidstrom awaits anointment as member of Hockey Hall of Fame | NHL | Sporting News
I suppose he's alright.

Kings put Mike Richards on waivers; buyout likely | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

Trades involving goaltenders drastically alters landscape of the NHL - - NHL Insider
The goalie carousel, NHL Edition.

Even after flurry of trades, goalie market is far from settled | ProHockeyTalk
So, San Jose needs a goalie hmmmm? Like guys named Backstrom by chance?

Flyers trade Chris Pronger's contract, Nicklas Grossmann to Coyotes -
The Coyotes are trying to buy their way to the salary cap floor.

Report: Bruins ‘significant contract offer’ to Hamilton was six-years, $33 million | ProHockeyTalk


Top 25 NHL unrestricted free agents in 2015 | USA Today
Served to you in broad summary form, complete with a side of 'Good fits'.

NHL free agency: 10 notable UFAs to watch on July 1 -
Another angle on the looming madness of free agency!


Auston Matthews leads deep pool of talent for 2016 NHL Draft - NHL Draft
It's never too early to start talking about the 2016 NHL Draft, right?