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Good morning sports fans! We are just 10 sleeps away from preseason Minnesota Wild hockey folks and less than a month away from dropping the puck for real. It is nearly here. The future is now and other time related cliches. Of course we have the World Cup of Hockey tournament kicking off it’s meaningful games this weekend to keep us company for now. I also here there’s some mega huge event at the sports complex in downtown Minneapolis this Sunday night, but I need confirmation on that still.

The weather here in Minnesota this week is the kind that gets your hockey clock ticking too. With a little chill in the air, it kind of makes you want to sharpen up those skates and get out to the local pond. We’re still a long way (hopefully) away from outdoor ice though folks, so don’t get too excited.

Today, we’re going to step away from a musical selection to bring you this public service announcement.

Wild News

Minnesota Wild: What To Do In Case of Another Disappointing Season
I hear booze helps.

Wild's Alex Tuch aiming high for prospects tournament | Pioneer Press
Wild prospect Alex Tuch says he wants to be 'one of the best prospects' in the NHL prospects tournament starting Friday Traverse City, Mich.

On frozen pond

New beginnings | Lets Play Hockey
I love these little personal stories around the hockey world.

Off the trail

Ovechkin says he’s playing in 2018 Olympics, critical of World Cup
My cat will not be held back!

Nothing to be ‘alarmed about,’ but no guarantee Keith will be ready to start season – ProHockeyTalk
Nobody in Chicago seems concerned.

Report: With Roy gone, the Avs have hired a couple of analytics experts – ProHockeyTalk
It wont help.

NHL Second Six: the nonexistent, best-selling brand
The second six includes your former Minnesota North Stars.

NHL to add more concussion spotters for upcoming season - Puck Drunk Love
NHL stepping up their concussion monitoring this season.

Minnesota Wild: Central Division Preview; Colorado Avalanche
Last time I saw a "preview" like article featuring the Avs, their head coach quit that day. Can lightning strike twice?

NHL Goalies Will Reportedly Wear Streamlined Pants This Season
Ooooooo! Look at you in those flashy pants!!

#BecauseItsTheWorldCup

World Cup of Hockey format removes all margin for error - StarTribune.com
Don't blink or you might miss four teams at the World Cup of Hockey.

World Cup of Hockey: Team Sweden preview (Puck Daddy)
Team Sweden, they're... a team!

World Cup of Hockey: Team USA preview (Puck Daddy)
Team USA, they are also a team.

Off the trail