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Wilderness Walk: Clips Ahoy

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Wilderness, it’s a bright new day. The Avalanche have a new coach, and rumor has it they hired one with the same trait as Patrick Wah. I’m not talking about the preposterous temper, the silly beard, or the outrageous devotion to offense and utter disregard for defense.

I’m talking ties, and I’m talking clip-on. That’s right. Each of the last two coaches of the Avs, and now this guy, all wear clip-on ties.

It’s the gospel truth.

To celebrate: Clips ahoy!

Wild News

Summer Series - Minnesota Wild | TSS
The Minnesota Wild have been a playoff team each of the last four years, but they haven’t been able to make it past the second round since 2003.

Top 25 Minnesota Wild young players; No. 10 Tyler Graovac | Gone Puck Wild
Hopefully a bottom-6 center isn't the 10th best young player....

Minnesota Wild: Are the Wild Looking to Use Tryout Contracts to Fill Roster? | Gone Puck Wild
Maybe, but the roster is pretty crunched assuming even a few young guys are ready to move up. And I hope they are.

Wild left wing Zach Parise says he's 'good to go' after injury | StarTribune.com
Way to go, Zach, you've guaranteed a season-long injury in the first week.

Men's Fashion

Jared Bednar Named Colorado Avalanche Head Coach | Gone Puck Wild
I heard he wears clip-on ties.

Jared Bednar wants to 'attack' with 'up-tempo' style in Colorado | Puck Daddy
My question: will the Avs *ever* focus on defense?

Off the Trail

Pietrangelo named Blues captain | theScore.com
The St. Louis Blues have officially named defenseman Alex Pietrangelo as their new captain, the team announced at a press conference on Thursday.

Report: Avalanche bringing in Rene Bourque on PTO | theScore.com
The club has added veteran forward Rene Bourque on a tryout agreement, James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail reports.

Report: Rangers to sign Pirri to 1-year deal | theScore.com
Brandon Pirri will reportedly sign a one-year contract with the New York Rangers worth approximately $1.1 million, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

NHL requires 'huge incentive' to consider ads on jerseys, Bettman reiterates | theScore.com
Or: Bettman worries more about players' clothes than the health of their heads. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

5 players set to break out in 2016-17 | theScore.com
¯\_(                                                                       )_/¯

Las Vegas NHL team 'close' to name decision | Puck Daddy
"I want every person from China who comes to Las Vegas to take a jersey and bring it back to Shanghai or Beijing or Hong Kong. I want everyone from Japan that comes in or from Eastern or Western Europe, I want them all to buy jerseys. We’re really trying to develop a team that has an international aspect to it."