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Wilderness Walk: “It Doesn’t Mean Trapping”

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The Minnesota Wild has concluded its second day (technically third day, but 2nd of on-ice workouts) and the focus shifted to the Neutral zone. A zone often forgotten in its importance, it sounds like that’s where the biggest differences lie between Mike Yeo’s system the system Bruce Boudreau is installing.

During the State Fair, Boudreau sat with Michael Russo of the Star tribune and explained that good defense "does not mean trapping." With the players talking about some big changes in the neutral zone, my guess is there won’t be the same look the Wild have had in year’s past.

Oh, and it sounds like the defensemen are soaking up everything Scott Stevens is telling them. And as we suspected, a young player like Matt Dumba may be the biggest sponge out on the ice.

Today’s music is from Kaki King. She plays an acoustic guitar in a most unorthodox way, but the sounds she’s able to make is both soothing and chaotic, if there is such a thing.

Wild News (CAMPING)

Wild's Folin, Reilly locked in defensive battle for roster spot -
If you ask me, Reilly has more talent, but Folin is no slouch. He can be a a good, solid bottom pairing option if he plays physical and uses his shot more often. Reilly has more puck skills and skates better, and his ability to quarterback a PP may be the reason he sticks.

Minnesota Wild: Tomas Fleischmann Fails Team Physical
Danny breaks down Fleischmann;s history with pulmonary embolisms and just what the heck they are.

Fleischmann will not be attending Wild training camp -
More on Fleischmann

Scott Stevens brings physical mentality to 'speedy' Wild blueliners

Stevens is talking, and the Wild defensemen are listening as training camp progresses.

Off the Trail

Matt Murray out up to six weeks after World Cup injury
Big blow to the Penguins in net. This kid had serious promise for this year, and it looks like that will have to wait a month.

Team Europe provides glimpse into Anze Kopitar's leadership style
Aye, Aye Captain

Canada advances to World Cup final with 5-3 win over Russia – ProHockeyTalk
Canada will play either Sweden or Team Europe in the World Cup Final.

Jacob Trouba requests trade from Jets – ProHockeyTalk
Matt Dumba will always be compared to Jacob Trouba around these parts as Minnesota decided to take the defenseman from Red Deer thather than Trouba, who went to Winnipeg and got to the NHL quicker than Dumba did. But things aren't so rosy at the Wall, and this young Crow is already looking to break his vows.

Jets respond to Jacob Trouba’s trade request – ProHockeyTalk
Kevin Cheveldayoff said that in his view Trouba "still represents an important part of the long-term future" of the club and that they working diligently to resolve the matter. And he's not wrong. Trouba has loads of potential and should be in the Jets' long-term plans, by Mark Stuart and the Jets' other defensemen may have forced him out.