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Wilderness Walk: Birthdays!

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning Wilderness as I write to you from the maternity ward as I await the birth of my third child. If you've never witnessed child birth before, it's a total head trip. One of the most fascinating experiences a person can have.

Anyways, things happened in the NHL yesterday. If you were watching Twitter, the NHL held a NHL movie night in which all 30 teams live tweeted "D2: The Mighty Ducks." A classic movie in it's own right, but it got a little gnarly on the twittersphere.

The soundtrack for this morning's walk is The Temptations "My Girl" because I am having a girl.

Wild News

Xcel Energy Center Quietly Getting Improved - Articles - Articles - Articles - Wild Xtra
Everyone likes new toys.

Wild single-game tickets go on sale Sept. 19 -

NHL News

Predicting Whether Each New NHL Coach Will Be a Success or Failure in 2015-16 | Bleacher Report
Predicting players is tough enough, but predicting success of coaches? That sounds a little nuts.

Buffalo Sabres top prospect Jack Eichel signs sponsorship deal with Bauer Hockey - - News
Eichel hasn't even skated yet in the NHL and already the endorsement money is rolling in.

Hockey Hall of Fame debate: Mark Recchi - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Is Mark Recchi deserving of induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame? Little known fact, Recchi scored the very first goal at Xcel Energy Center in a 3-3 tie against he Flyers and Wild.

Shane Doan is ready for next season and wants to keep going after 2016 | ProHockeyTalk
Stick tap to longevity, but please don't turn this into a Brett Favre saga.

Mike Richards, NHLPA have a good case against the Los Angeles Kings | ProHockeyTalk
Apparently the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement didn't plan for incidences on the border.

Sami Salo finally retires, citing chronic wrist injury | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Sami Salo's NHL Career...DONE!

5-State Area News

Eau Claire considers adding young men's hockey team from national league - Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
Eau Claire - the last decent city in Wisconsin.