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With 66 days left until the Minnesota Wild officially start the 2018-19 season, there’s still a lot of offseason left to go.

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We only have to get through 66 more days until the Minnesota Wild face off against the Colorado Avalanche in their season opener. Luckily, training camp starts before then and the Traverse City Prospect Tournament starts even before that.

Wild News

Nothin’.

Off the Trail

Weekly Reader: Nostalgia is a heckuva drug | ESPN

“The problem with hiring franchise darlings for upper management positions is that, inevitably, they’re going to pack up their desk.”

Atlantic Division ‘X Factor’ Players for Each Team | The Hockey Writers

“Now that the majority of the offseason has passed and the 2018-19 season is nearing, it’s time to look at each team’s goals for the season and how they can achieve them.”

Montreal Canadiens: Life Without Weber | The Hockey Writers

The Habs aren’t going to be good next year.

All Around the Nation

Top Shelf Episode 33: The Wet ‘n Minnesota Wild | The Ice Garden

“On this week’s episode of Top Shelf, Hannah and Michelle talk about Jayna Hefford, the NWHL’s leaked schedule, and break out our brackets for the best women’s hockey game of the 2017-18 season.”

Off the Charts: Using NHLe to evaluate development of Sharks forward prospects | Fear The Fin

“Emmanuel Perry just released a new version of NHL equivalency scoring rates that can tell us a bit about where the Sharks’ prospect pool stands.”

Taking a Look at the Stars’ Defense | Defending Big D

“What blue line pairings will work best in Dallas with the veteran presence of Stephen Johns and the young guns known as Honka and Heiskanen ready to make a mark?”

Colorado Avalanche to play Prospect Tournament in Las Vegas with teams in Pacific Division | Mile High Hockey

Colorado is one of just six rookie teams to meet in Sin City this September.

What to expect from Lindqvist and Meskanen | Blueshirt Banter

“Let’s have some fun with NHLe models.”

Should the Devils Consider Splitting Up Hall and Hischier This Season? | All About The Jersey

“In the eternal search for scoring depth, the Devils have a number of directions they can go with their lineup.”

Who will be kings of the Metropolitan Division in 2018-19? | Pensburgh

“The division that boasts the last three Cup champions might be even deeper next season.”

Michael Ryder’s ECHL detour is a forgotten success story for the Canadiens | Eyes On The Prize

“Taking a step back was the best thing to happen for the forward.”