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Wilderness Walk: Minnesota could take on the Canucks in a 24-team playoff

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Your daily dose of Wild news, along with other interesting stories from around the NHL.

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Let’s go over some news and notes:

- We got bored yesterday and decided to rate each of the dog-like mascots in the NHL, including the Wild’s own Nordy. [Hockey Wilderness]

- Jeremie Poirier is a divisive prospect in this year’s draft, but when he’s on, he has the potential to be a game-breaker. Should the Wild be interested? [Hockey Wilderness]

- Will Kirill Kaprizov be an instant star when he comes to North America? Obviously! [The Hockey News]

- Sam Anas is about to become a free agent, which kind of stinks. Should the Wild make an attempt at retaining the reigning AHL scoring champ’s rights? [The Hockey News]

- In case you forgot...

Off the trail...

- The NHL continues to fancy the idea of a 24-team playoff, and it sounds like discussions on the proposal could begin very soon — as in today. If this format is agreed upon, the Wild could face the Canucks in the first round. [Sportsnet]

- If you were hoping Taylor Hall could be an option in free agency, you thought wrong. It sure sounds like the Coyotes want him back badly. [ESPN]

- Mitch Marner says he wants to win the Selke Trophy one day. [NHL]

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