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For a trade? For a particular draft pick? For the Hockey Wilderness Draft Party? All of those are headed your way this week.

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Well, we're almost there.  And we should expect fireworks along the way.  We've already seen a couple of trades start to trickle in, but there are big names churning in the rumor mill, and we should all have a much clearer picture of who we will welcome to the State of Hockey and to whom we will bid adieu.  Keep those seat belts buckled, it promises to be a show straight through the first round.  And, what better way to celebrate it with your Hockey Wilderness community?   We know you'll be there.

Well, we are all waiting for something, hopefully not in vain, for a 1C, or Keiffer Bellows or whomever you are so inclined to hope the Wild draft and trade for.  So, here's an extremely deep cut of Prince and Andy Allo singing a little Bob Marley ditty.

Wild News

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Off The Trail

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#5 Already gone, gone, gone....

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