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Wilderness Walk: 8 Days 'til Draft (Party!)

The party and draft are creeping closer, and we're continuing to countdown the days

It's about that time for Auston Matthews and Company
It's about that time for Auston Matthews and Company
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The buyout window opens, and moves begin to be made.  Jared Cowen was the first casualty as the Toronto Maple Leafs placed him on waivers with the intent to buy him out.  Fellow buyout candidate and Wild killer Bryan Bickell dodged his buyout (at least for today) as Carolina traded their second and third round picks to Chicago for Bickell and young Teuvo Teravainen.  This is a splashy move for a team with some cap room that could still buy Bickell out while the window is open.  These moves are the tip of the ice berg, but demonstrate the type moves likely to be found over the next several days leading up to the draft.

Speaking of draft... did you know we're having a PARTY?  You did?  Ok, good.  Well, here's a live preview of the evening's musical entertainment from last night's practice.  Enjoy.  See you all next Friday.

Wild News

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Minnesota Wild: Options for the Wild’s 4th Round Pick - Gone Puck Wild
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Off The Trail

Trade: Hawks unload Bickell to Carolina, but it costs them Teravainen – ProHockeyTalk
Solid move from 'Canes GM Ron Francis.

Puck Lists: Seven potential NHL buyout candidates | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
I love it when our team is near the top of a list.

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Ducks not hiring Carlyle to appease Getzlaf and Perry -
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NHL Executive Committee unanimously recommends Las Vegas -
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Phil Kessel: 'Good chance' I bring Stanley Cup to Toronto -
The next time Phil Kessel comes back to Toronto, he might bring his friend Stanley with him.

Jimmy Kimmel finds Kings fans who believe they won Stanley Cup (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Jimmy Kimmel Live! found some residents of LA believed they watched the Kings win their third Cup over the weekend.