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Wilderness Walk: Waiting for the Other Boot

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Call me cynical, wilderness (you'd be right)

but I have a baaaaaad feeling about this. We're coming off an all star weekend, a long break (after which the Wild are notorious for being slow and tired looking). I'm trying to prepare.... trying to become something unfeeling. Something heartless.

Something... made of stone.

On that note (Ha! Another pun and you don't even know it yet!) enjoy one of the single best performances in musical theater history, from the inimitable Michael Arden (who is just a JOY to watch)

Wild News

Christian Folin recalled as Wild back at practice today | StarTribune.com
Defenseman Christian Folin has been recalled from Iowa, where he has three goals and nine assists in 15 games. He has played in 14 games for the Wild this season.

Koivu, Dumba tussle during intense Wild practice | StarTribune.com
Here are the lines Yeo went with today: Koivu with Nino Niederreiter and Charlie Coyle; Mikael Granlund with Parise and Jason Pominville; Jarret Stoll with Thomas Vanek and Jason Zucker; Erik Haula with Chris Porter and Justin Fontaine.

Wild hoping for another second-half surge into playoffs | StarTribune.com
The Wild needs an encore of its late charge of a season ago. And it's far from a lock.

Minnesota Wild ‘can’t just expect’ 2nd-half resurgence | Twin Cities
The Wild "don't want" to be in this situation ever year... but they always always are. Always.

Off the Trail

John Scott: Is This The Fitting End Of The Enforcer Era? | March Hockey
This is a crucial time for hockey in general. As more and more criticism and arguments come out based on head shots, concussions, CTE, players committing suicide and depression, the league slowly started to phase out the enforcing role and let it ride quietly into the night. However, most hockey players will tell you that role keeps hockey safer and keeps players in check.

New Events for the All-Star Skills Competition | High Heels and High Sticks
Ah, All-Star Weekend. Everyone’s favorite punching bag. No one is happy, least of all the players there. "I could be on a beach like Henrik Lundqvist," Jaromir Jagr is thinking bitterly. Admittedly, Nashville is a hell of a town, but still, I think we all agree the All-Star Weekend could use a little more spice. So here are some suggested new events to incorporate into next year’s Skills Competition.

McDavid expected to return Tuesday vs. Blue Jackets | theScore.com
Connor McDavid is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Casting the inevitable John Scott movie: Schreiber, Goldblum, Chiklis and more | theScore.com
Count von Count as Gary Bettman

John Scott approached about possible movie, fan-made trailer emerges | theScore.com
The John Scott movie may be closer to becoming a reality than people realize.

NWHL: The Shifting Tides | Victory Press
It's not exactly a brave new world for the Connecticut Whale, who have become the most controversial team in the NWHL this year.

NWHL: Buffalo Beauts Capture First Home Win | Victory Press
It was a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious win for the Buffalo Beauts as they captured their first home victory of the season on Sunday.