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There’s apparently been little communication between the Wild and Nino Niederreiter’s camp

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It’s summer. It’s almost August. There’s not much going on. But according to my favorite source for all my Swiss hockey news, swisshockeynews.ch, the Wild hasn’t presented a new contract offer to Nino Niederreiter’s representatives since extending him a qualifying offer in June. The skilled winger has filed for arbitration, and his hearing is scheduled for August 2nd.

Now, I’m no hard-ball NHL contract negotiator, but if I’m trying to sign somebody to one of those fancy contract things without having to deal with an outside arbitrator, I would probably consider extending another offer. But again, that’s just me. I do know that negotiating is hard if there are no negotiations going on, but maybe Chuck Fletcher and friends think they can get a more team-friendly deal through the arbitrator than Nino would be willing to accept in negotiations. We shall see.

Also, I’m golfing at Chambers Bay on Saturday. I’m really excited about that.

In honor of yet another untimely and tragic death of one of the rockstars that helped shape the soundtracks of our youth, here is Chester Bennington and Linkin Park to take you through today’s Walk.

Wild News

Niederreiter: "We're still waiting for another offer from Minnesota"
The aforementioned Nino story.

Minnesota Wild could have future captain in Luke Kunin
That's like... totally exciting!

Lifelong friends Ennis, Spurgeon living the dream with Minnesota Wild
I'm the same size as both of these guys, which means I should probably sign up for the NHL.

On Frozen Pond

Gophers women's hockey conference WCHA takes unprecedented turn toward crowdfunding
Yikes.

Off the Trail

NHL Teams Still in Need of Improvements This Offseason
Interesting breakdown.

NHL in 2018 Winter Olympics: Alternate schedule, alternate reality
There's an alleged "alternate schedule" floating around out there that includes an Olympic break, so the soap opera continues.

Top remaining unrestricted free agents and where they'd fit best
The elders await your call, NHL teams.