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Not much out there on a slow news day, but fun and games anyway!

What will become of Bax?
What will become of Bax?
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With free agency dragging its feet and prospect camp approaching, we are quickly headed to the dreaded hockey dead zone that starts when prospect camp ends.  There may be an occasional signing or trade prior to training camp, but it will be mostly radio silence - so enjoy this week while you can.  Our friends in Saint Louis made a huge splash today, inking the dreaded Vladimir Tarasenko to an 8 year $7.5M AAV contract, guaranteeing he will be here to harass the Wild for a long time.

There are still a couple of story lines to follow with your Minnesota Wild such as the Niklas Backstrom situation, which may hinge on the Erik Haula Arbitration case.  We'll be bringing updates from Prospect Camp and moving on to season preview mode as we get deep into the offseason and hope to see some of you at the Prospect Camp scrimmages.

Today's musical selection comes from the guy who broke his leg as he jumped off stage, but came back to finish the show anyway.  We Walk.

Wild News

Minnesota Wild Schedule: 5 Biggest Games of 2015-2016
GPW offers up 5 big games to circle on your calendar this upcoming season

Niklas Backstrom's uncertain future and its affect on the Wild's cap | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Puck Daddy weighs in on the 3rd string goalie

Off The Trail

Blues sign Vladimir Tarasenko to 8-year, $60 million contract - CBSSports.com
The dreaded forward will be with us in the Central for a long, long, long, long time.

Breaking down the Oshie for Brouwer trade - Along the Boards
ATB gives their take on the trade of #OneOfUs to D.C.

Slava Voynov has KHL job waiting after jail, but Fetisov says he ‘got off light’ | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: While Voynov’s future in the NHL remains nebulous, it’s clear that he’s going to have a cushioned landing in the Kontinental Hockey League.

Are NHL teams getting smarter when it comes to free agency? - CBSSports.com
NHL teams didn't spend as much money as they normally do in free agency this year. Are they getting smarter? Or was it simply the result of a really thin group of free agents?

NHL expansion: Kansas City not likely to be in mix for new franchise - CBSSports.com
As the NHL starts its expansion application process, Kansas City is unlikely to have anyone apply on its behalf.

Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw crashed wedding with the Stanley Cup - CBSSports.com
Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw dropped by a wedding on Saturday, July 4, with a special friend. The Stanley Cup.

WATCH: Connor McDavid put on a show at Oilers prospect camp - CBSSports.com
Connor McDavid made his debut at the Edmonton Oilers prospect camp and he put on quite a show for the fans.

Blackhawks reward Trevor van Riemsdyk with two-year, one-way deal | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: "We are pleased to be able to extend Trevor van Riemsdyk's contract with the Blackhawks," his agent Alec Schall said. "The organization has been great to Trevor, and he has made the best of the opportunities that they have presented to him."