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Wilderness Walk: Midweek Edition

An extra long Walk to make up for our absence the past few days.

Vegas Golden Knights v San Jose Sharks - Game Four Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Have you enjoyed your quick reprieve from our Wilderness Walks? Well, it’s time to start walking again. The Minnesota Wild finally signed Dmitry Sokolov yesterday, and the San Jose Sharks shutout the Vegas Golden Knights.

To accompany us along this extra long walk is an extra long song from Yes.

Wild News

FERRELL: A Closer Look at Minnesota’s Window to Win | Zone Coverage

Craig Leipold seems to think the Wild are only a few moves away from earning the Stanley Cup. Giles Ferrell examines that possibility here.

The Wild can make moves, despite its big contracts. Here’s how | Star Tribune

“The contracts of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter do eat up plenty of cap space, but the notion that the Wild is stuck, salary-cap wise, is just plain incorrect.”

Zucker named finalist for NHL’s King Clancy Memorial Trophy | Star Tribune

“The Sedin twins and P.K. Subban are the other finalists for the award, which honors leadership and strong community work.”

Wild signs Anas to two-year, two-way contract | Star Tribune

“Iowa Wild forward Sam Anas led the AHL team in goals and set a single-season franchise record with 26 in 70 games.”

Wild signs Dmitry Sokolov, Eric Martinsson | Star Tribune

“Forward Dmitry Sokolov tallied a career-high 96 points – including 50 goals – in 64 games in the Ontario Hockey League last season.”


Lightning score early to win Game 3 against Bruins, take series lead | NHL

“Palat gets two goals in first 3:19, Vasilevskiy makes 28 saves for Tampa Bay.”

Sharks shut out Golden Knights in Game 4, even Western series | NHL

“Jones makes 34 saves; San Jose penalty kill goes 5-for-5.”

2018 NHL Entry Draft

2018 NHL Draft: Fisher’s Top 100 Following U18 Tournament | The Hockey Writers

“That pick is a no-brainer, but the rest of the top 10 — let alone the top 100 — will be in the eye of the beholder, as we’ll certainly see on draft day.”

2018 NHL Draft: 10 Risers from Fisher’s Top 100 for May | The Hockey Writers

“A strong playoff performance can do wonders for a prospect’s draft stock. Same with a stellar showing at the under-18 world championship.”

Prospect Need to Know: Skarek on the Move | The Hockey News

“We’ve got news on several top goalie prospects, plus a look at the kids still making noise in the CHL and USHL playoffs in our weekly wrap.”

Off the Trail

Why the NHL Should Integrate Goal Line Technology | The Hockey Writers

“If Game 2 of the Washington Capitals versus Pittsburgh Penguins series taught us anything, it was that there is still no conclusive ruling on what a controversial goal is or is not.”

Tom Wilson Suspended 3 Games | The Hockey Writers

“The NHL’s Department of Player Safety has suspended Washington Capitals’ forward Tom Wilson for three games.”

The Only Way to Stop Tom Wilson is to Ban All Head Contact | The Hockey News

“Wilson broke the rules and earned a three-game ban this time, but he has hurt plenty of people with his clean hits, too. And he’s not the problem in those cases. The NHL rulebook is.”

5 Most Surprising Vegas Golden Knights | The Hockey Writers

Don’t read this if you’re upset about last summer’s Expansion Draft.

All Around the Nation

Kyle Dubas, AHL goons, and the long, slow journey to a modern development system | Pension Plan Puppets

Peter Chiarelli Does Not Have A Fundamental Grasp On How To Manage His Team’s Salary Cap | The Copper & Blue

Reports: Stars Will Hire DU Head Coach Jim Montgomery As Next Bench Boss | Defending Big D

Marc-Edouard Vlasic is doing a good job limiting Vegas’ top forward line | Fear the Fin

The Devils Should Not Forsake Value to Improve the Defense | All About the Jersey

Can Carl Hagelin help solve the depth problem? | Pensburg

What could the Rangers acquire with late first-round pick? | Blueshirt Banter

Former Blackhawk Daniel Carcillo pledges to donate his brain to Carrick Institute | Second City Hockey

With Senators Coaches Returning, Look for Changes on the Roster | Silver Seven

The Price of Tavares | Winging It In Mowtown

Sabres Team President Russ Brandon Resigns | Die By The Blade

Winning the Lottery Changes the Offseason Dynamic | Die By The Blade

Avalanche sign Pavel Francouz, take stab at European market | Mile High Hockey