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The Baby Wild opens their season at home on October 4th, the Da Beauty League starts up, plus NHL news and notes

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Other than Matt Cullen’s retirement (more here, and in the walk below), local-ish hockey on Wednesday had two bits of news to savor over.

First, the Iowa Wild of the AHL released their 2019-20 season schedule...

Some of the key dates:

October 4th: Season and home opener vs. the Rockford Ice Hogs

November 7th: “Wild about Education” game, 10:30am start, first game against the Chicago Wolves, the team that eliminated them from the Calder Cup playoffs

January 24th: Start of a nine-game homestand

April 10th: Final game of the regular season, against the Manitoba Moose


Second, the Da Beauty League played their first games of the summer season...

Check out dabeautyleague.com for more info.

On to the walk...

Wild Cullen News

Former Wild forward Matt Cullen says he's retiring at age 42 - StarTribune.com
Cullen, who grew up in Moorhead, had two stints with the Wild, from 2010-2013 and again for the 2017-18 season.

After two decades in NHL, former Wild center Matt Cullen calls a day – Twin Cities
After two decades in the NHL, former Wild center Matt Cullen finally calls it quits

Three-time Stanley Cup champion Matt Cullen announces retirement after 21 seasons - TheHockeyNews
Matt Cullen has called it a career after 21 seasons in the NHL. The 42-year-old, who won three Stanley Cups, scored seven goals and 20 points with the Penguins last season.

Tending the Fields

IOWA WILD ANNOUNCES FULL 2019-20 SCHEDULE | Iowa Wild

On Da Frozen Pond

Poehling: Bring on Da Beauty League
No doubt Ryan Poehling's exceptional skating ability will be on full display in the North Star State on Wednesday night.

Three Capitals players will play in Minnesota summer league
The relentlessly fun hockey site, hopelessly devoted to the Washington Capitals and Alex Ovechkin. Our goal is to make hockey as fun about as it is to watch.

NHL Agent Ben Hankinson on Da Beauty League, Brock Boeser extension talks | KSTP.com
Former Gopher and NHL player and current NHL agent Ben Hankinson is ready for the 4th year of 'Da Beauty League' with opening night on Wednesday. He previewed this year's festivities with our Darren 'Doogie' Wolfson...

Off the Trail

By the numbers: A look at the 10 best contracts in hockey – The Athletic
Today, we look at the 10 best contracts in the NHL, along with some honourable mentions. And coming Thursday, the 10 worst contracts.

Look for the NHL to shorten courting period and move free agency up from July 1 - TheHockeyNews
The eight-day negotiation period ahead of the opening of free agency this past season resulted in many notable deals getting all but done before teams were officially allowed to ink players. Tying Day 1 of signing season to the draft, however, can solve that problem.

Former teammate, close friend reflects on the life of Greg Johnson: 'He was such a quality, quality person' - TheHockeyNews
Greg Johnson, who played 785 games in the NHL and scored 369 points, passed away at 48. The former Predators captain spent the majority of his career in Nashville. He also played for the Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks.

Blues' Ryan O'Reilly pulls out tooth before acceptance speech at the ESPY Awards
Before speaking to the audience with his teammates around him, the 28-year-old from Clinton, Ont. pulled out his fake tooth for fear he might “spit on any of the celebs in the front row.”

It’s really hard to be an NHL GM
In theory, and sometimes in practice, these two ideas are one and the same: you can’t Compete For A Cup without first Competing For The Playoffs.

Hockey coach: Respect the anthem or 'get the f--- out ... we're not women's soccer'
A minor league hockey coach told his players that if they don’t agree with his views, they can get out.

Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara just became the oldest active NHL player
Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara is now the elder statesman of the NHL.

Sabres trade Alexander Nylander to Chicago for Henri Jokiharju
The Buffalo Sabres have traded former eighth overall draft selection Alexander Nylander to the Chicago Blackhawks for defenseman Henri Jokiharju, NHL.com has confirmed.

Bednar signs two-year extension to remain coach of Avalanche
Jared Bednar signed a two-year contract extension as coach of the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday. The extension runs through the 2021-22 season.