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No trades yet. No free agents can sign until Saturday.... So, what are you doing to pass the time?

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Not much to report, but we're continuing to dissect the roster and play armchair GM.  And at this point, who really knows what will become of it.  But the anticipation is certainly wearing on me.  The Wild are in the market for a forward, and particularly a center, but there are so many names: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Derek Stepan, Nick Bjugstad, Kyle Okposo, David Backes, David Perron, Loui Eriksson, and many, many more that are being bandied about.  It's hard to keep up with, but we'll continue to try to sort things out over the next few days.  All I'm certain of is that GMCF has something in the works, or there would have been no reason to buy out Vanek,  So now, we wait.

Enjoy your tacos while you do.

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