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Wilderness Walk: Trades have begun

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

Minnesota Wild v Vancouver Canucks Photo by Derek Cain/Getty Images

Well, we’re just over a month away from the NHL trade deadline and we saw the first real big move of the season last night.

The Vancouver Canucks sent pending free agent center Bo Horvat to the New York Islanders for a 2023 first-round pick (top-12 protected), prospect Aatu Raty, and Anthony Beauvillier. It seems like the league is done with the little minor tinkering moves that we have seen sprinkled through the calendar since October; now, there are players available that make teams significantly better out there that need to be traded for big hauls.

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That’s Wild

  • The Minnesota Wild are technically on a two-game win streak, but these two wins don’t really look that great after coming out of a losing streak. It is four points and put them back in the playoffs, but they didn’t really make us feel any better. [10K Rinks]
  • Oops. Marcus Foligno broke Philadelphia Flyers’ Zack MacEwen’s jaw in a fight last week. [BMTS]

Off the trail...

  • After the trade was made, Bo Horvat made it clear that he imagined he would have been a member of the Canucks for the rest of his life. [Yahoo Sports]
  • Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin isn’t taking the upcoming All-Star Game for granted, even though it will be his eighth appearance. [NHL dot com]