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The search for the Wild’s next GM is still ongoing. Plus, The Athletic released their survey results for confidence in NHL front offices, Sidney Crosby featured on the Spittin’ Chiclets podcast this week, and more!

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Happy Fri-yay, Wilderness!

We’ve made it to the weekend and the general manager search for the Minnesota Wild is still ongoing. More than a handful of candidates have been interviewed and it seems that the organization is taking its time to make the best decision for the future of the team. The process will likely last until the end of the month. Although now that we’ve said that, expect a signing around lunchtime tomorrow. With not much out of the Wild camp in the past couple days, let’s continue through our Walk.

Friday Fun Fact: The first NHL goal ever recorded was on December 19, 1917. The goal came from Dave Ritchie of the Montreal Wanderers in a game against the Toronto Arenas. Ritchie scored one minute into a 10-9 win for the Wanderers.

Taking us through the Walk this morning is “God, Your Mama, and Me” by Florida Georgia Line and featuring the Backstreet Boys.

Wild News

The Minnesota Wild caught up with head coach Bruce Boudreau to talk about hockey camps before the start of the season:

Dan Rosen’s weekly mailbag is here and first up he tackles the Wild’s GM search:

We see what you did there, KHL:

On Frozen Pond

Catch up with the Minnesota Gophers partaking in some offseason fun, including #DaBeautyLeague:

Off The Trail

Former Wild player Erik Haula offers his thoughts on his trade from Vegas to Carolina:

The New York Islanders will have that new arena (finally):

The Hockey Writers have you covered for the latest rumors from the free agency market:

Alexander Ovechkin embodies the “Goonies never say die!” mentality:

The Next One turned 32 on Wednesday. Josh Yohe has some great stories about The Great One’s successor:

On Thursday, The Athletic released their front office confidence ranking survey. The top five may surprise you:

Down Goes Brown isn’t sure what to make of — you guessed it — the Wild and a handful of other teams ahead of the upcoming season:

Billy Idol once said, “I don’t think punk rock ever really dies, because punk rock attitude can never die.” Toss on some Ramones and dig into this rockin’ article:

Did you miss the full breakdown of all the nationally televised games? The Hockey Writers have a recap for you:

And finally, Sidney Crosby joined the Spittin’ Chiclets podcast to talk about life, hockey, and more hockey. It’s pretty great: