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Happy Thirstday, Wilderness! Are you thirsty for some hockey?

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When you start seeing tweets like this, you know training camp is swiftly approaching:

Only a few weeks until World Cup and Training Camp commence!  Competitive hockey is just around the corner.

I spent the beginning of the week on Manitoulin Island watching my sister get married, and her reception playlist featured more Van Morrison songs than I could count, so I'm sharing my favorite with you all today:

Wild News

Are the Minnesota Wild Better After the Summer?
Opinion piece about the Minnesota Wild's Post-Season Moves: Buyout of Thomas Vanek, Signings of Staal and Stewart, Hiring of Boudreau, and more.

Thin up front, Wild looking at bringing in veteran forwards for camp - StarTribune.com
General manager Chuck Fletcher said he feels there are still some "pretty good free agents in the market place," and new coach Bruce Boudreau wants more NHL experience for training camp.

Who is the Minnesota Wild's Most Underrated Player?
#HaulaIsFree

Minnesota Wild: Nino Niederreiter Has Earned a Larger Role
Yes, please.

Tending the Fields

Minnesota Wild Announce Traverse City Prospect Tournament Roster
The Minnesota Wild have announced their 2016 Traverse City Prospect Tournament roster, and it may be their best prospect roster in years.

Ballard Joins Wild Front Office To Lead Little Wild Learn-To-Play Program - Minnesota Wild - News
Former Wild defenseman Keith Ballard will join the Wild as Learn to Play Local Manager to lead the Little Wild Learn-to-Play Program.

Off The Trail

Which historical statistics best predict future scoring rates? - Article - TSN
#FancyStats!!!!

Jackets invite Stoll to camp on PTO - Article - TSN
Don't let the door hit you.....

Jets' Patrik Laine 'going to get a chance to play' - Sportsnet.ca
The Winnipeg Jets will enter the 2016-17 season in a good position to bounce back from a disappointing 2015-16 campaign. You can expect Patrik Laine to be afforded every opportunity to contribute to the club out of the gate, too.

World Cup of Hockey summer check-in: Team USA - Sportsnet.ca
With World Cup of Hockey training camps set to open next week in North America and Europe, let’s catch up on what’s been happening over the course of the summer with each of the eight competing teams. Today: Team USA

Seven storylines to watch during the 2016-17 NHL season - Sportsnet.ca
Milestones will be reached and surpassed, contracts will be negotiated and some of them will be disputed, new stars will emerge and old ones will attempt to prove they aren’t fading.

My 90's Hockey Card Collection Part 1 - Articles - Articles - Homepage - Wild Xtra
For the collector in all of us.