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Wilderness Walk: This is NOT a Rebuild

Minnesota Wild owner, Craig Leipold sent a video to Wild season ticket holders stating the team is not going through a rebuild, amongst other things.

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Happy Friyay Wilderness!

The Minnesota Wild are off again today prior to their upcoming back-to-back starting tomorrow night against the Calgary Flames and then the team heads back to St. Paul on Sunday for the return of Mikael Granlund and the Nashville Predators. If you're looking for some hockey to watch tonight, the Iowa Wild try to break the Bakersfield Condors 17-game winning streak during tonight’s free AHL TV matchup on Facebook Watch starting at 9:00 PM CST.

Friyay Fun Fact: Doctors in British Columbia are banned from talking about hockey during surgery.

Taking us through the Walk today is The Marshall Tucker Band’s hit single, Can’t You See.

Wild News

‘This is not a rebuild’: Craig Leipold sends video to Wild season-ticket holders – The Athletic
The Wild owner addressed the outlook of the team in the wake of recent moves by GM Paul Fenton and a string of poor play at home.

Wild roster makeover: Diving into the salary cap and roster implications -
The flurry of Wild trades over the last month had plenty to do with shaking up a stale core of players. But they probably had as much — or more — to do with creating even a little bit of much-needed payroll flexibility for a team that has been constantly pressed up against the salary cap in recent years.

Wild newcommer Hunt gains confidence in regular role -
Former Bemidji State standout Brad Hunt is 'more relaxed' after coming to the Wild in a trade.

Fiala feeling right at home in Wild dressing room
For a guy being traded for the first time in his NHL career, Kevin Fiala transition to the Wild dressing room was a relatively smooth one.

On Frozen Pond

This Day in Minnesota Hockey History: March 1 -
Let's crack the vault and see what took place on this ice back on this day.

Minnesota’s top 75 high school boys hockey players: No. 6 Mike Antonovich of Greenway – Twin Cities
Greenway legend Mike Antonovich is No. 6 on the Pioneer Press list of the Top 75 greatest players to play Minnesota boys high school hockey.

Five key players in Minnesota college hockey down the stretch -
With conference tournaments starting next week, keep an eye on these players for each of the state's five Division I men's teams.

MN Boys' Hockey Hub | High School Boys' Hockey News, Scores & Standings
Find out who made the state tournament and those who didn't! Follow the MN Hockey Hub for complete Star Tribune coverage of boys' high school hockey and the Minnesota state high school tournament, including scores, schedules, rankings, statistics and more.

Off the Trail

31 Thoughts: How Golden Knights won the Mark Stone sweepstakes -
Mark Stone had no shortage of suitors at the trade deadline, but the trade to Vegas materialized thanks to a wide variety of factors. Details in the 31 Thoughts.

The 2019 NHL Poll: Best player? Most overrated? Players weigh in on the best (and worst) in the game – The Athletic
The Athletic asked nearly 200 players their thoughts on the game. The takeaways? Sidney Crosby is still the best and players like to party in Vegas.

Devils' Hall undergoes knee surgery -
NEWARK, N.J. — NHL MVP Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils has had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. The team is not saying whether the left wing will play again this season.

Vasilevskiy leads Vezina Trophy race at three-quarters point
Andrei Vasilevskiy was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the top goalie in the NHL last season.

Price meets a young fan |
WARNING: THIS IS A TEAR JERKER. Watch as Carey Price introduces himself to one of his biggest fans, Anderson, and gifts him with a haul of signed equipment

Tavares honored by Islanders, jeered by fans in return to Long Island
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The crowd started chanting "We don't need you" before John Tavares was on the ice for pregame warmups at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday. It only got tougher from there for the Toronto Maple Leafs center and former New York Islanders captain.

NHL News & Notes: Jesse Puljujarvi, Mirco Mueller & More
Jesse Puljujarvi is set to have season-ending surgery, Mirco Mueller has been released from the hospital a day after a scary-looking injury and more.

Trade deadline frenzy: Behind the scenes with an NHL agent on one of the busiest days of the year – The Athletic
From the trade of Keith Kinkaid to how scoops happen, the president of Roy Sports Group, Allain Roy, let's us in on a few secrets.

Blackhawks’ Kane, DeBrincat on pace to achieve a rare feat, and it might not matter one bit - TheHockeyNews
After Wednesday's two-goal outing by Alex DeBrincat and one-goal output from Patrick Kane, the Chicago Blackhawks could have the first pair of 45-goal players the NHL has seen in nearly two decades. But that might not make a difference in their quest for the post-season.

The Hurricanes' Storm Surge is getting all the press, but don't let it distract from the on-ice success - TheHockeyNews
Carolina's post-win celebrations have grabbed headlines throughout the hockey world, but it's overshadowing the bigger story: the Hurricanes are playing some of their best hockey in recent memory and making a legitimate post-season push.

Forget Tavares – it's a great time to be a New York Islanders fan - TheHockeyNews
New York fans may still be stinging from the loss of their former captain, but the Islanders are doing so many things well right now that they might be better to focus on the positives

Bruins snap Lightning's 10-game win streak -
BOSTON — The Boston Bruins scored three times in less than three minutes in the third period and snapped the Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning's franchise-best 10-game winning streak with a 4-1 victory Thursday night.

LeBrun: Looking ahead to the NHL’s roster-altering, headline-making offseason storylines – The Athletic
The trade deadline is behind us but that kind of frenetic, decision-making haze will be back upon us in June and then some.

Duhatschek: The last-minute trade that brought Jarome Iginla to the Flames forever changed the franchise – The Athletic
What set Jarome Iginla apart from his peers and the trade that brought him to Calgary that almost didn’t happen.