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A farewell to a hockey legend and a collection of the weekend’s news.

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Yesterday, the hockey community was informed that longtime play-by-play announcer Dave Strader had passed away due to cancer. We at Hockey Wilderness give our condolences to his family and friends.

Wild News

Wild close out preseason with 5-1 win over Stars | Pioneer Press

The Stars didn’t play Jaime Benn or Tyler Seguin, but it was a fun win nonetheless.

Top 5 reasons the 2017-18 season could be different for the Wild | Pioneer Press

You read the the list thinking if these happen, then the Wild could finally go far, but you soon begin to realize, if these don’t happen, the Wild could be in some trouble.

Eric Staal eagerly awaits Wild season after frightening playoff concussion | Star Tribune

“Eric Staal returns healthy and driven by playoff loss.”

RULE: Age Is Just A Number When It Comes To Cullen | Zone Coverage

Matt Cullen may be old, but he isn’t too old to play in the NHL yet.

2017-18 Minnesota Wild Breakout Candidates | Zone Coverage

Even if none of these players become superstars, they should all be effective players for the Wild this season.

Off the Trail

2017-18 NHL Preview: Central Division | Yahoo Sports

“That’s an envious position to be in.” You’d be surprised.

All Around the League

We Mourn The Passing of Dave Strader Today | Defending Big D

“The Dallas Stars play-by-play announcer was just 62 when he passed away from cancer [yesterday] morning.”

Rasmus Dahlin beginning to notice the hype, but insists on focusing on his development | Eyes on the Prize

“[They] spoke to the top prospect in the 2018 NHL Draft about the first few games of his SHL season.”

Expect Little Impact for the No Timeouts After Icing the Puck Rule Change | All About the Jersey

“The NHL has made a rule change for this coming season that teams who ice the puck cannot use their timeout.”