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Wilderness Walk: What a Weekend

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Well, Wilderness, it’s been a heck of a weekend. Hockey Day Minnesota brought wins for both professional hockey teams, and then the Whitecaps followed it up with a 9-0 demolition of the Whale on Sunday. As we continue to recover (read: I continue to rage about) the Niederreiter trade, let’s get some calming music and walk.

Wild News

Minnesota Wild Beat Columbus Blue Jackets - Zach Parise Tallies 20th | TheHockeyWriters
Zach Parise scored his team-leading 20th goal and Devan Dubnyk had 19 saves as the Minnesota Wild held off the Columbus Blue Jackets

Wild's Charlie Coyle keeps an optimistic outlook after shifting back to wing |
He had a good run at center for six weeks, but Victor Rask's arrival is forcing him to move again.

Look at the long view on why the Wild traded Nino Niederreiter for Victor Rask |
GM Paul Fenton is and should be keeping at least one eye on 2019-20 and beyond.

'It's going to be fun to get started here': Rask makes his Wild debut vs. Columbus |
Rask started on a line with wingers Zach Parise and Pontus Aberg, with the team hoping to capitalize on the familiarity Rask and Aberg have from playing together in the past on Swedish national teams.

New-look Wild gets a much-needed victory over Columbus |
Although they expect to improve with time, the first impression made by Zach Parise, Victor Rask and Pontus Aberg as a trio combined on the decisive goal — an encouraging finish to a tumultuous week for the team.

Charlie Coyle switches positions again for MN Wild. What else is new? |
Well, so much for Charlie Coyle finding a new home.