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Good morning Wilderness! Welcome to training camp. Guess what guys. There's a Minnesota Wild hockey game on Monday! Normally, you go into a weekend dreading the eventuality that is Monday. Not this weekend! Mondays opponent will be Chuck Fletcher favorite trade target in the Buffalo Sabres.

There is just one guy from the Wild roster left in the World Cup of Hockey tournament, and that gentleman is Nino Neiderrieter playing for Team Europe. Captain Mikko Koivu along with Mikael Granlund and Erik Haula have made their exits from the tournament along with Team Finland, and of course Zach Parise and Ryan Suter were part of a dreadful, winless experience for Team USA.

Yesterday marked the 24th anniversary of my favorite bands first album being released. It is amazing that it has been so long since this music had entered my life. So, in honor of this joyous occasion, I give you, my favorite band Blind Melon, performing one of my favorite songs, at Woodstock. Little back story for you on this, their lead singer, the late Shannon Hoon decided to "enhance" his Woodstock experience by dropping some LSD for this show. Shocking, I know. Hope you all enjoy this.

Wild News

Divisional Preview: Minnesota Wild :: Homers and HatTricks Sports Blog
An outside look inside the Minnesota Wild.

Wild head into Bruce Boudreau's inaugural training camp | Pioneer Press
The Minnesota Wild head into training camp with 60 players on the roster, and Bruce Boudreau has hinted he won't use Mike Yeo's lineups as reference.

Wild Fans Speak: Thoughts and Predictions Going Into the 2016-17 Season Part 1 of 2 | State of Hockey News
The fans speak, you listen.

Chris Stewart is ready for his first Wild training camp - StarTribune.com
Stewart came in mid-season as part of a trade, so he's never experience the fury of a Wild training camp.

Tending the fields

Five Takeaways For Minnesota Wild Prospects at Traverse City | The Hockey Writers
A look at how the Minnesota Wild prospects performed at the 2016 Traverse City Prospects Tournament heading into training camp.

On frozen pond

5 Big Ten Storylines To Follow In 2016-17 - SB Nation College Hockey
SB Hockey touches on some story lines for the upcoming Big 10 season.

Matchups and date announced for 2017 Hockey Day Minnesota | FOX Sports
Boudreau will face off against his old team, the Anaheim Ducks in this seasons installment of Hockey Day Minnesota.

NHL vet McEwan vouches for Sam Bradford's hockey cred | Pioneer Press
Good to know the Wild have a fall back plan to quarterback the power play if things get dicey.

Former North Stars owner and president Walter Bush dies at 86 - StarTribune.com
Walter Bush was one of the guys there from the beginning for the North Stars.

Off the trail

Down Goes Brown's Grab Bag: 1996 Was a Much Happier Time for USA Hockey Than It Is Today | VICE Sports
Things will get better but Team USA is getting killed, with snub Phil Kessel leading the charge. Plus more on the World Cups excellent ref-cam and weird tie-breaking language.

Unveiling of Las Vegas team name and logo pushed back to November – ProHockeyTalk
In a move made to serve people's Christmas wish lists... I guess we have to wait a little longer.

#BecauseItsTheWorldCup

World Cup fans cheer 'Let's go Kessel' during Team USA game (Video)
Not that he would have been the difference maker.

Team USA falls to Czechs, finishes winless in World Cup embarrassment
I think we were all expecting this. They didn't show any heart in the first 2 games, why would they start showing it in a meaningless game?

Tortorella: Don’t lose your mind over Team USA World Cup failure
Torts certainly didn't lose his mind over it. Can't lose what you don't have.