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The Minnesota Wild’s season is over, but Hockey Wilderness’ coverage of the team is just getting started.

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In a very disappointing fashion, the Minnesota Wild was eliminated from the playoffs over the weekend by the St. Louis Blues, but while the Wild’s season is over, Hockey Wilderness’ coverage of the team is not. We’ll dissect the Wild’s loss against the Blues further and help you prepare for the Expansion Draft as it looms ever closer.

Wild News

Eric Staal released from hospital after crashing head-first into boards | Fox Sports

Eric Staal has been diagnosed with a concussion after a brutal crash into the boards Saturday night.

Wild’s Mikael Granlund named Lady Byng Memorial Trophy finalist | Pioneer Press

Mikael Granlund has been nominated as a Lady Byng Trophy finalist having only taken 12 penalty minutes this season.

After another disappointing postseason, what’s next for the Wild? | Pioneer Press

The Expansion Draft and Free Agency are the primary events on the Wild’s calendar this offseason, but a trade or two isn’t inconceivable before the NHL Entry Draft.

Wild's puzzling collapse begs for the reasons why | Star Tribune

It seems that Bruce Boudreau would like a new Top 4 blueliner this offseason, and the team may have to trade one of their younger forwards to get one.

Tending the Fields

U.S. defeats Finland in U-18 Worlds gold-medal game | Star Tribune

The US beat Finland to win gold at the the 2017 U-18 World Championships.

Off the Trail

Top 15 NHL Free Agents 2017 | The Hockey Writers

With the Wild’s season over, it’s time to start looking at which free agents are available and if any are worth signing this July.

No, the Canadiens should absolutely not trade Carey Price | The Hockey Writers

Despite Price being one of the best goaltenders in the league over the past few seasons, many Habs fans would like to have seen the last of Carey Price.

3 head coaches exact revenge on former teams with series clinchers | The Score

The Wild weren’t the only team this year to be eliminated by a former head coach.

LA Kings hire John Stevens as head coach | Yahoo Sports

The Kings have promoted John Steves from an associate coach to be their next head coach.

End of Sharks season could bring end to Thornton-Marleau era | Sportsnet

While not incredibly likely, both Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau could leave the Sharks in free agency this summer.

What is Old is New Again

Why disciplined defencemen such as Klefbom deserve more praise | Sportsnet

Like Spurgeon before him, Oscar Klefbom should have been nominated for as a Lady Byng finalist this year.