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Happy Sunday Wilderness. I hope you’re enjoying the final days of summer either on the lake, or at the State Fair. Yes, I know it’s not technically the end of summer and the calendar says Sept 21st is actually really close to the opening of Minnesota Wild training camp. Funny.

Any who...

As we tick down the days until hockey, Hockey Wilderness will be doing our Top 25 Under 25 starting this week.

Raffi Torres, of all people, says he can change.

Funny, he could have tried that maybe after his first suspension and gotten the hint then? But no, now that he’s been (basically) kicked out of the league, he wants to change. However, we’ve seen players like him before. It’s only a matter of time before the game and the rage get the best of them and they lose it on the ice. Yes, a person can learn and change in a sort of rehabilitation. Except that Torres has been given numerous opportunities to make the necessary changes. Yet, there’s still a blood trail.

So for Torres, I picked a band that I loved rocking out in 2002, and then again in 2005 when the band’s second studio album "Say Hello to Sunshine" was released. It’s funny how music has a way of archiving memories. I used to listen to this album as I drove to my baseball games. Why does it relate to Torres? The title of the song, of course.

Here’s Finch with their song "Bitemarks and Bloodstains."

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Off the Trail

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The "injury" depends on what your definition of "is" is.

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Yeah, and Grizzly Adams had a beard!

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Why play games? Just tell me the nickname already so I can book, fly, and watch the Wild beat some ass.