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Wilderness Walk: Believe the lie Edition

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So, it's been a few days since the Wild were eliminated from the playoffs. How are we all coping? I tell ya what, I'm still pretty steamed that the video review from the overhead camera couldn't advance a couple more frames and the Wild's potential tying goal late in the 3rd period. I just don't get why not.

Does it really matter? Would the Wild have won? Well, probably not. Being totally honest, they were kicking themselves in the teeth for 40 minutes. Just because they showed up for the 3rd period it doesn't mean they deserved to win. Perhaps that was just the NHL's way of putting us out of our misery. So, I guess, thanks NHL.

On the bright side, the Blackhawks were bounced from the playoffs as well, and the Ducks are dead too! Be still my heart! Although the Ducks losing breaks my bracket. I did have them going to the Stanley Cup Finals and ultimately losing to my cat. But good for the Predators! I think if I have to pick a team from the West to make some real noise (and I really don't want to pick any team from the West) the Preds would have to be it. If not for anything else but to maybe get their minds off the whole boo Ryan Suter thing.

In other news, Wild GM Chuck Fletcher had a spot with the media yesterday, and boy-oh-boy did he not disappoint. It's difficult to really take these disappointing post season pressers seriously. When asked about the salary cap situation and the big contracts, Fletcher started his response with "Every team in the league has contracts." I actually laughed out loud at that point, so it's a good thing I wasn't there. You'll find the video for that presser embedded below in the links.

So, in honor of post-season press conferences around the world, and in conjunction with one of my favorite bands coming to town tonight, please enjoy Umphrey's McGee with Believe The Lie.

Wild News

Wild GM Fletcher: 'The last two months have been ... triage' -
Fletcher, overselling the strengths and underselling the weakness.

Minnesota Wild season takeaways, look ahead | FOX Sports
After a first-round loss to the Dallas Stars, the Minnesota Wild have work to do and questions to answer heading into 2016-17.

Wild’s Zach Parise optimistic he won’t need back surgery – Twin Cities
The Wild winger is confident he'll be ready to go when the puck drops on the 2016-17 season.

Wild’s next coach: GM wants experience but will consider John Torchetti – Twin Cities
Torch will get consideration, but I'm not certain it will go much further than that.

Off the Trail

Detroit’s new arena will be called Little Caesars Arena – ProHockeyTalk
Rolls of your tongue just as smooth as "The Joe".

Stars expect Seguin to miss at least first two games of Blues series – ProHockeyTalk
Well, they didn't need him against the Wild. What could possibly go wrong for Dallas?

Video: Beagle gets stick stuck in visor – ProHockeyTalk
What are the odds of that even happening?

Eulogy: Remembering the 2015-16 Chicago Blackhawks | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
A team none of us were sad to see make an early exit from this years post season.

Oshie’s hat trick lets Caps just barely squeak by Penguins in OT – ProHockeyTalk
Oshie scores a hat trick? Who knew he could score when not in a shootout!? BONUS OSHIE: Watch his kid destroy the Penguins too (figuratively)

Down Goes Brown: NHL Draft Lottery power rankings -
Who actually deserves the No. 1 overall pick?

NHL Awards: Kopitar, Bergeron and Kesler finalists for Selke Trophy -
The finalists for the Selke Trophy, which goes to the best defensive forward in the NHL, were announced on Thursday night and Patrice Bergeron looks to win it for the third year in a row.