The time is finally upon us. After months of planning and anticipation, tomorrow holds the day we have all been waiting for, when the masses of the Wilderness unite to celebrate the passing of one season and turn the page to the next as we welcome a new #1 draft pick to the fold and watch to see where the rest of the league settles on the second most transacted day in the NHL. And there's no way better to celebrate than with your hockey family, and we couldn't be more excited to get to meet so many of the folks who make this community as great as it is. And we're not leaving anyone out - we'll be live streaming the entire first round and into the night with your favorite Hockey Wilderness personalities along with many other members of the Wild community. We'd like to think it's a can't-miss event, so bring yourself, your household, your neighbor and your coworkers (even if they cheer for the Blackhawks). We can promise a good time, and we'll be just a few steps from the X.
Now the awards have all been handed out, and the General Managers are gathered in one place. Fireworks will commence in 3..2..1...
The stage is set for a very active day leading up to the draft.
Today's walk music is dedicated to General Manager Check Fletcher, who needs to be our soldier in Buffalo. See you all TOMORROW!!!!!!!!
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Wild GM Chuck Fletcher has been involved in trade conversations for weeks. Fletcher said he feels there's a good chance to "improve the team" via trade at this weekend's draft.
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Just like his dad, Kieffer Bellows can score - StarTribune.com
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For Niklas Backstrom, a decorated Wild career but an uneasy exit – Twin Cities
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Off The Trail
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There are way more than 7, but this is a good start
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The NHL Awards are underway in Las Vegas, hosted by actor Will Arnett. Follow along here to get a full list of winners.
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Sabres May Be Willing To Trade 8th Overall Pick For Defense - TSS
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P.K. Subban doesn't care about those nagging trade rumours - Sportsnet.ca
P.K. Subban is familiar with the persistent rumours that suggest he’s a prime candidate to be dealt away from the Montreal Canadiens before July 1. He just doesn’t care about them.
Shattenkirk vaults to top of TSN Trade Bait list - Article - TSN
Bruins, Oilers, Sabres,Islanders in the market for Defence
NHL Trade Rumours: Latest on Malkin, Stamkos, Hamhuis - Sportsnet.ca
Today's roundup of NHL Trade Rumours touches on Steven Stamkos, Evgeni Malkin, Rick Nash, P.K. Subban, Dan Hamhuis and the Buffalo Sabres.