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Wilderness Walk: The Calm After the Storm

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Well, I hope everyone (and their pets!) are ok after a good fourth. And after the storm that was the beginning of free agency. Insanity!

There’ snot much news today, with a few big FA locations to be determined. Wild fans wait on Matt Cullen. Jiri Hudler looks for a new team... it’s a slow day. And that’s OK.

Wild News

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It’s going to be tough losing a player that we really like, but it’s the reality of the situation, and on the bright side, the Wild will only be losing their 10th or 12th best player in theory, and probably more like their 7th or 8th best player in reality. The agonizing part will be not knowing who it will be until it’s too late.

Off the Trail

Chiarelli knew he'd face social media heat for Hall trade |
Chiarelli: looks like a dummy, says this (so maybe not a dummy?) Nope, definitely a dummy.

Report: Ducks sign Mason Raymond to 1-year deal |
The Anaheim Ducks signed veteran forward Mason Raymond to a one-year contract worth $675,000 in the NHL and $225,000 in the AHL, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports.

The all-remaining UFA team |
With the free-agent frenzy over, and the NHL slowly but surely shifting to offseason mode, we'd thought we'd have a little fun and put together a team of those players still looking for work next season.

Patrik Laine signs bonus-laden entry-level deal with Jets |

His earning potential is just $200,000 short of the maximum allowable on an entry-level deal.