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Wilderness Walk: Lodnia Signs

Lodnia signs his ELC, injuries are again a story, and some looks at trades.

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at Minnesota Wild Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Wild are hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight, and it'll be without Devan Dubnyk between the pipes or on the bench. Alex Stalock will look to continue his good play from his relief of The Doob earlier this week and make up for the games he missed after the birth of his child. Priorities, right?

Other news includes the Wild signing 2017 third round draft pick Ivan Lodnia to an entry-level deal. The right winger has sone tantalizing upside and a defensively sound game. Glad to see him make the next step in his career.

Wild News

'Not too bad': Extent of Dubnyk's injury uncertain but Wild coach Boudreau optimistic -
Devan Dubnyk suffered a lower-body injury Tuesday night and had an MRI on Wednesday. It's unclear how long Dubnyk might be sidelined, but coach Bruce Boudreau believes Dubnyk won't be available Thursday.

Wild's Jared Spurgeon could return to lineup by next week
MN Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon appears to be ahead of schedule as he covers from a groin strain. He was back on the ice during Wednesday's practice after a few days of skating by himself.

Wild's Devan Dubnyk out, Alex Stalock takes over between the pipes, for now
Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk missed Wednesday's practice with lower-body injury. Dubnyk suffered the injury early in the first period of the Tuesday's shootout win over the Calgary Flames, and backup Alex Stalock finished the game. Stalock will start Thursday's home game against Toronto.

Another Minnesota Wild ‘enforcer’ falls to substance abuse | NewsCut | Minnesota Public Radio News
Matt Johnson, a former captain of the Minnesota Wild, has fallen into 'a dark place,' his mother tells TSN, the Canadian sports network. He's addicted. She and her husband haven't seen him in a decade. They hear he's homeless in Santa Monica, Calif. The $6 million he made playing in the NHL is gone.

Former Olympian Krissy Wendell to practice with Wild - Story | KMSP
Former Gopher women's hockey player and U.S. Olympian Krissy Wendell will practice with the Minnesota Wild Friday as part of the annual Girls' Hockey Weekend.

Off the Trail

Power Rankings: Lightning lead the pack with coast-to-coast success | The Hockey News
The Tampa Bay Lightning asserted their NHL dominance by downing the Western Conference-leading St. Louis Blues.

Year in Review: the top 10 trades of 2017 | The Hockey News
It was a second straight year of shocking blockbusters. Which swaps were the biggest and craftiest?

One Player Each NHL Team Should Trade: 2017-18 Edition
With the 2017-18 NHL Trade Deadline quickly approaching, Brett Slawson examines one player which each team should attempt to trade this NHL season.

NHL Trade Rumors: Kane, Karlsson, Vatrano, More
How real is a trade of Erik Karlsson out of Ottawa and what teams are interested? This plus Evander Kane, Vladimir Sobotka and Frank Vatrano in NHL rumors.

How a reduced role is helping the Canucks' Sedin twins bounce back on offence -
Daniel and Henrik Sedin have a reduced role on this year's Canucks, but it is helping them bounce back as offensive generators and could speed up the re-tooling effort in Vancouver.

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