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Wilderness Walk: Christmas Eve’s Reprieve

Tired of the Minnesota Wild’s latest slump? Lucky for you, we get a break from it until Thursday. Until then, catch up on the latest hockey news and have a merry Christmas!

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The Minnesota Wild are on vacation with their families, which are some of the biggest in the league. I guess that comes with being the oldest team.

Anyways, the Wild don’t play again until Thursday, so we hope you all enjoy Christmas and your brief reprieve from the Wild’s latest slump.

Wild News

Bruce Bites: On scoring slumps and his Christmas message to players | Wild.com

“Wild coach discusses the holiday break and the important stretch of games that follows over the next couple weeks.”

On the Frozen Pond

Final 2019 U.S. National Junior Team Roster Announced | USA Hockey

“Twenty-three players from 10 states selected to represent the U.S. at 2019 IIHF WJC in Vancouver & Victoria, B.C.”

News of Note

Behind the Glass: the CWHL holiday break | The Ice Garden

“Poulin and Bettez are both riding unbelievable point streaks.”

Notable college seniors who weren’t picked in the 2018 NWHL Draft | The Ice Garden

“Just because they weren’t drafted doesn’t mean they won’t play.”

Off the Trail

Red Wings’ Johan Franzen describes ‘very dark’ life with concussion | Sportsnet

“Former Detroit Red Wings right wing Johan Franzen has opened up about his career-ending concussions in a new interview.”

NHL suspends Sharks’ Karlsson two games for illegal check to head | NBC Sports

Erik Karlsson will miss the San Jose Sharks’ final game before the Christmas break and first one when they return on Thursday.”

Sabres broadcaster ‘doing well’ after being hospitalized | NBC Sports

“The longtime voice of the Buffalo Sabres hasn’t been silenced after being wheeled out of the press box on a stretcher.”

All Around the Nation

Dan Carcillo’s NHL career ended after concussions. Now he wants the league to better protect players from the same fate. | SB Nation

“The two-time Stanley Cup champion is calling out the NHL for failing to protect its players and educate them about the risks of head trauma.”

Tyler Ennis out with a broken ankle | Pension Plan Puppets

“The injuries keep coming to the Leafs as they are now down to 11 forwards on the roster who can skate.”

Lack of Assets, Options Limits Dallas Dealings | Defending Big D

“Half the battle is knowing what kind of problem the Dallas Stars have. Unfortunately, the other have is having the assets to do something about it.”