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Wilderness Walk: Getting Weird

Well, the draft is over, and now it's time to reminisce...

reminisce, of course, over the past performances of players and pay them WAY TOO MUCH money.

or, y'know, half the league could be bought out. The NHL is getting weird, folks, and I'm not really sure what to do. There's lots of news, though, so let's slog on.

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Wild News

Wild Weekend For Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher | The Hockey Writers
A review of draft weekend and what it brought for the Minnesota Wild.

Hockey Hall of Fame calls Housley | StarTribune.com
ONE OF US! ONE OF US! ONE OF US!

St. Paul's Phil Housley to be inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame | TwinCities.com
ONE OF US! ONE OF US! ONE OF....

Wild: No room for free agency fireworks | TwinCities.com
So..... we won't be #OfferSheet ing Subban?

Off the Trail

Boston Massacre: The Bruins and Their Youth | High Heels and High Sticks
A bit of an off-color joke... but not untrue.

Kings terminate Mike Richards' contract, breach reportedly relates to off-ice incident | theScore
This could get interesting.

Stars sign Antti Niemi to 3-year contract worth a reported $13.5 million | theScore
So... that Dubnyk Deal, eh?

Sharks sign Dillon to 5-year, $16.35M contract extension | theScore
"Brenden wishes the season started tomorrow"... well, yeah, I would too if it meant 3.2 million dollars.

Flyers trade Zac Rinaldo to Bruins for 3rd-round draft pick in 2017 | theScore
Rinaldo for a 3rd, in 2 years.... whelp. That's a thing.

Judge orders Glendale to pay Coyotes, increases team's bond payment to city | theScore
Woof (pun intended)

Blackhawks, Rundblad agree to terms on 2-year contract extension worth a reported $2.1 million | theScore
Not bad.

P.A. Parenteau bought out by Canadiens | theScore
So, he can now go back to Colorado, right? Or come to MN.....

Report: Predators' Stalberg placed on unconditional waivers | theScore
Any interest here?

Report: Sabres place Hodgson on unconditional waivers, contract to be bought out | theScore
C'MON DOWN, HODGSON!

Pierre McGuire indicates Mike Richards contract breach occurred at border crossing | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Something at a border crossing, eh?

Ryan O'Reilly has no regrets over Colorado contract negotiations | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
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The Surprising (and Not Surprising) NHL Draft Weekend | Grantland.com
A rundown from the inimitable Sean McIndoe.