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Happy Friyay everyone! This Sunday kicks off the free agent frenzy around the NHL, allowing teams the ability to sign unrestricted free agents and also the ability to give restricted free agents offer sheets to sign. Stay alert all weekend though Wild fans, breaking news and signings will be announced throughout the weekend where players plan to sign on July 1st at 11 am ct. (ex. Jack Johnson is expected to sign a 5-year deal with Pittsburgh). Enjoy the weekend Wild fans!

Wild News

A look at the Wild’s possible targets in free agency – The Athletic
Taking a closer look at what the Wild may do in free agency.

Minnesota Wild 2018-19 depth chart – The Athletic
A look at the Wild's roster, updated throughout the season as transactions go down.

Parise progressing from season-ending sternum injury
ICYMI: After a couple of crazy offseasons, Wild forward Zach Parise is looking forward to one where the veteran can simply get back to business.

Free agency preview: Zucker, Dumba highlight Wild's own priorities
Teams and pending free agents have been able to discuss potential new fits since Sunday when the League's legal period to contact free agents began.For the Wild, and every other team, that process typically begins with an evaluation of its own pending free agents, both restricted and unrestricted, as well as at the NHL and AHL levels.

Ranking the Minnesota Wild’s Jerseys
The Minnesota Wild have now been in the league since 2000 and have amassed a sizable jersey collection. What is the best looking jersey they have?

Do the Minnesota Wild Have a ‘Go-To’ Player?
Every team needs a Sydney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, or Jonathan Toews to win a Stanley Cup. Do the Minnesota Wild have a player to rival other stars?

On Frozen Pond

Being overlooked twice in the NHL Draft didn’t deter UMD’s Scott Perunovich – The Athletic
Go ahead, tell Scott Perunovich he's too small. The new Hibbing, Minnesota native defenseman is used to proving himself, over and over again.

Hockey coach and trainer Larry Hendrickson, who died at 75, shared the game with many - StarTribune.com
Hendrickson died of heart failure June 15 at his home in Richfield.

Minnesota Scene: Two Mittelstadt brothers commit to Gophers hockey team - StarTribune.com
Make it two more Mittelstadt brothers who plan to play for the Gophers men's hockey team.

Off the Trail

Five under-the-radar free agents who could be signing-season steals – TheHockeyNews
They don’t carry the name value of the top stars, but these five free agents could be worth every penny next season.

UFA bargains and risks: Players to target and avoid on July 1 - Sportsnet.ca
Sportsnet analytics writers Dimitri Filipovic and Andrew Berkshire look at two bargains and risky additions each out of this year’s UFA pool.

By the numbers: Ranking the top free agents available – The Athletic
Here are the top free agents available this season, their total value, how much point production to expect next season, and how much they should command on the open market.

Smith-Pelly re-signs with Capitals
Devante Smith-Pelly signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Washington Capitals on Thursday. The 26-year-old forward was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

Jack Johnson expected to sign with Penguins: report
CRANBERRY, Pa. -- Jack Johnson is expected to sign a five-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins when he becomes a free agent July 1, 105.9 The X and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Wednesday.

Hutton, Bernier and beyond: Breaking down the goaltending free agent class – The Athletic
With the Wild in the backup goaltending market right now, take a look at some quality young netminders becoming free agents this summer, a look at what they have to offer.

Q&A: Willie O’Ree on breaking the NHL’s color barrier, the call from the Hall of Fame and the work left to be done – The Athletic
Willie O'Ree recalls his first NHL game and details the work he is doing to increase opportunities for people of color in hockey.

Rick Nash takes step back from free agency with future undecided – TheHockeyNews
Rick Nash had multiple suitors with free agency only days away from opening, but the 34-year-old winger has decided to withdraw himself from the start of signing season as he considers his future.

#TavaresWatch: J.T. inching closer to where only one man has gone - Article - TSN
Tavares is not LeBron James, but he is now pondering the precipice of hockey history, teetering on the edge of where only one man has gone before him in the salary cap era, Scott Niedermayer.

Yakupov can be a useful depth player - Article - TSN
One of the most fascinating challenges for NHL front offices is differentiating between perceived value and actual value. That’s front and centre in the case of UFA winger Nail Yakupov.

Dahlin impresses fans, coach at Sabres development camp
BUFFALO -- The first overall pick Rasmus Dahlin was in awe when he peered into the stands at the Buffalo Sabres practice facility during his first official workout with the team on Wednesday.The scene exceeded even his own expectations.

Couture expected to sign 8-year contract extension with Sharks: report
Logan Couture is expected to sign an eight-year contract extension with the San Jose Sharks, TSN reported Thursday.

Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2019 wide open
Who’s next?The 2018 Hockey Hall of Fame induction class was announced Tuesday. Martin Brodeur, Martin St. Louis, Jayna Hefford, Alexander Yakushev, Willie O’Ree and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman got their Hall calls and will be enshrined in Toronto on Nov. 12.Let’s dive into the possibilities for the Class of 2019.