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Wilderness Walk: Fighter of the Nightman Edition

2017 NHL Draft - Rounds 2-7 Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Wilderness! We’re approaching the season. It’s approaching. I know this, again, because soccer is starting soon. Really soon. As in 7 days.

That means we’re getting very close to hockey! Yay!

Not a heavy news day, but there’s some big US Olympic news, with a hint at what the US might be planning.

Wild News

What if … Minnesota Wild hired Pierre McGuire as GM? (NHL Alternate History)
If there's a better description of Minnesota than the first sentence I don't know what it is.

2020 Vision: What the Minnesota Wild roster will look like in three years | The Hockey News
The Wild have high-ceiling youth on the way to augment an already-competitive squad. They should contend for years to come but there's one noticeable position of weakness.

The NHL's worst contracts by team for the 2017-18 season -
Some of these contracts are worse than others, but none of them looks great for the teams now.

Put an (Olympic) Ring on it

USA Hockey goes for Olympic gold with old school crew
They got cop tires, cop shocks, and they were made before catalytic converters so they'll run good on regular gas.

Jim Johannson to be architect of U.S. Olympic team |
This bodes really well for the USMNT.

Off the Trail

Reality vs. Illusion: Are the Maple Leafs in for a major regression? |
In a word: no. In several words: probably not, but they were very healthy and if they regress it'll be because of injuries.