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All things Bill Guerin and another five-year Minnesota Wild outlook. Plus, Ben Lovejoy says goodbye to the game in spectacular fashion, Cam Ward’s legacy, Wayne Simmonds getting booed, and more!

Chicago Blackhawks v Minnesota Wild - Game Four Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images

Happy Fri-Yay Wilderness!

Friday Fun Fact: Only three former members of the Wild, all goaltenders, have worn the jersey number 30. Derek Gustafson originally repped the number in 2001, during which he only played in one game for Minnesota. Next to wear the number, was fan-favorite Dwayne Roloson from 2002 to 2006. The third and most recent goaltender to have 30 stitched on the backside of his jersey was Ilya Bryzgalov. The Russian netminder, otherwise known as “Mr. Universe,” wore the number in 2014 after being acquired via trade from the Edmonton Oilers for a fourth-round draft pick.

Wild News

Michael Russo of The Athletic wrapped up his Q&A with new GM Bill Guerin:

On Wednesday at Hockey Wilderness, Kyle took a look at projecting the Wild’s five-year outlook. Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News did something similar yesterday. So, what will the Wild look like in five years?:

New GM Bill Guerin gets his first taste at the Minnesota State Fair:

Off The Trail

“I DECLARE BANKRUP.... I MEAN RETIREMENT,” says Ben Lovejoy. After 11 seasons in an NHL uniform, the defenseman decided to hang them up yesterday, but didn’t go away without a couple chuckles and a joke from The Office:

Is Cam Ward a Hall of Famer?:

Hockey is a beautiful game. Throughout it’s history there have been some pretty inspirational stories:

Wayne Simmonds and the New Jersey Devils will play the Philadelphia Flyers in their home opener, so expect a lot of boos from the Philadelphia faithful: