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Wilderness Walk: Late Morning Edition

We're a bit late this morning, but that's OK, just a case of the Mondays.

Haula gets to stay home for 2 years
Haula gets to stay home for 2 years
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With the conclusion of the Haula arbitration case, it looks as though the roster is (most likely) complete shaping up with 13 forwards, 7 defensemen, and 3 goalies (grrrrrrrr.)  As Russo has reminded, Niklas Backstrom still can't be bought out through the second arbitration window because he has not been medically cleared to play.  From this point forward, any trades or signings will come as mostly a surprise as the Wild have just $1.5M remaining to the salary cap.

Let's delay no further - on to today's Walk with an ode to Erik Haula:

Wild News

Wild, Erik Haula settle, agree to 2-year, $2 million deal -
Haula is in. Backstrom is also still in.

Wild, Haula agree on 2-year, $2M deal -
Just before an arbitrator would've ruled on a new contract, the Wild agreed to terms with forward Erik Haula on a two-year deal worth $2 million.

Wild, Erik Haula Agree To Two-Year Contract - Minnesota Wild - Articles - Homepage - Wild Xtra
Welcome back to the State of Hockey, #OneOfUs

Tending the Fields

2015 National Junior Evaluation Camp: Day 4
The Wild have 6 prospects playing in the World Juniors - here's a US perspective

Off the Trail

WATCH: Miracle on Ice players 'shoot' first pitch in Triple-A game -
JUST. PLAIN. AWESOME. Must C, as MLB would say.

Judge orders NHL to turn over injury and concussion data - Article - TSN
Bettman was deposed and then given orders.

Beijing selected to host 2022 Winter Olympics, will NHL go? -
Beijing was selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. With the NHL already debating whether or not to send players to South Korea in 2018, will they show up when the Winter Games are in China?Ex-King Richards remains in limbo - Article - TSN

Maple Leafs, G Jonathan Bernier settle with two-year, $8.3 million deal -
The Maple Leafs and goaltender Jonathan Bernier settled before an arbitration result with a two-year, $8.3 million contract for Bernier.

Summer Stock: St. Louis Blues - Minnesota Wild - Articles - Homepage - Wild Xtra
Still Black and Blue from their first round exit.