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28 days until opening night, 11 to preseason games.

The Alternate Captain.
The Alternate Captain.
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Another day, another step closer.  The chill in the air and the absence of sunlight upon waking this morning has my brain on one thing: HOCKEY.  And I'm so ready to feed this obsession.  While it's been nice having time to relax and enjoy summer while being casually invested in baseball, I'm ready to forgo my free time and re-up my subscription to a life full of hockey-addicted reading, tweeting, commenting, discussing, podcasting, fancy-stat analyzing and complete preoccupation with every shot, hit, save, and goal.  I know most of you are too.  I really feel like a small child counting down the sleeps until Santa arrives at Christmas, and I can't wait for the longing to be over.  Looking forward to a new season beginning with the HW community.

Today's Walk is sponsored by the letter V for Veruca Salt, who are doing the opposite of what everyone thinks they should.

Wild News

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3rd String Goalie!

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The picture alone is worth the click

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On Frozen Pond

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Off the Trail

Flyers' Jakub Voracek to donate $1,000 for every point to help fight MS - CBSSports.com
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Sabres' Ryan O'Reilly apologizes for impaired driving charge - CBSSports.com
Buffalo Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly apologized on Tuesday for the impaired driving charge he is facing from earlier this summer.

Report: Patrick Kane grand jury postponed, settlement talks possible - CBSSports.com
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Ray Emery will attend Lightning camp on tryout contract - CBSSports.com
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Peter Chiarelli reportedly named GM of 'Young Stars' team for World Cup of Hockey | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
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Diminishing ice time leads to greater returns for Getzlaf and Perry - Article - TSN
#QuackQuackQuack

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Some pretty crazy performances within

Projecting Jack Eichel's NHL rookie season production - Sportsnet.ca
What exactly can we expect from Jack Eichel as an NHL rookie? Stats expert Steve Burtch projects the offensive output of Eichel and other rookies coming from the NCAA.