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Wilderness Walk: Goodnight, sweet prince...

Terrible news, Wilderness. Terrible, terrible news. Gabe, he of the Borky fame, has passed away. The world will be a borker place without the pupper, and a sadder one at that.

In his honor, I present, the Bork coats.

Wild News

Transplanted Staal boys loving Wild, and Minnesota winter |
Staal’s first season with the Wild is going as perfectly as he had hoped.

Souhan: Wild's Boudreau does what's needed to win — egos be darned |
Wait.... am.... am I agreeing with Souhan?

Wild's Tyler Graovac knows 'adequate' won't cut it |
Graovac, however, is far from content. The 24-year-old Canadian knows that even though he has settled into his new digs, his spot on the roster is far from guaranteed.

How are the NHL's newest head coaches faring so far? |
Hahahahahahahahaha Bednar is next to Boudreau ahahahahahahahahahahaa

Deadline preview: Central Division trade candidates |
The Wild have less than $1 million in cap space, and not a single expiring deal in a featured role. There isn't an obvious trade candidate to identify - especially with the resurgent Jonas Brodin currently on the shelf.

From Frozen Pond

Perfect storm put Stillwater hockey among state's elite |
In more ways than one, Feb. 28, 2014 was the launching pad for the Stillwater boys hockey team.

Youth association helping Stillwater become a 'hockey town' |
Beau McGraw had a vision when he became president of the Stillwater Area Hockey Association three years ago.

Mahtomedia boys hockey has state on its mind |
More than half the players on the Zephyrs’ roster are freshmen and sophomores, and of four seniors, only two saw significant varsity playing time last season.

Eden Prairie's Casey Mittelstadt glad he stayed for hockey finale |
Mittelstadt is the best NHL prospect Minnesota has produced in years, projected to become the highest player from this state drafted since Erik Johnson of Bloomington was selected No. 1 overall in 2006.

Off the Trail

Why the Senators Are Playoff Bound | The Hockey Writers
Every team in the NHL is now in the second half of their schedule.

A Brief History of Rinkside Advertising | The Hockey Writers
A look at what could be in store for the NHL and the other professional leagues in North America as board advertising and in-ice logos become more prevalent in every arena.

Oilers broadcaster dons Trump mask, makes presidential puns in pregame hit |
My kinda folks.

Staal: Penguins made Hurricanes 'look like a high school team' |
Nice of Eric to help out a rival team like that.

On the Fly: 3 thoughts from a goal-filled week in the NHL |
How much fun was this week's 8-7 goal fest between the Penguins and Capitals? Everyone - minus the three goalies who dressed in the game - would likely give it a big thumbs-up.