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Prospect camp continues and the Canadian dollar is taking a turn for the better

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On the face of it, it might not seem like much, but the Canadian dollar, a.k.a. the “looney”, has been strengthening against the U.S. dollar. Not only does that mean that Canadian tourists might find trips south of the border more palatable, it also means a much better chance of the salary cap increasing for the 2018-19 season. As the Minnesota Wild are one of the teams tight against the cap and facing some key player signings coming up in the next offseason, this is good news.

Less optimistic news is the lack of exciting performances in the prospect camp. Take a look at mntrumpterguy’s coverage from yesterday if you haven’t already. Not every player is going to look great. There’s a pretty significant difference in age and experience on display at the camp. There are high schoolers facing off against players that have finished their college careers. The camp is also essentially a zero sum game. A strong play or move by one player is probably going to mean another player is going to look foolish. So the real kiss of death for a prospect camp is that almost no one is standing out. Hopefully that’s just a symptom of looking at a single day of the camp and the second scrimmage sees some more exciting hockey being played by the future faces of the Wild.

To celebrate the Looney’s resurgence, here’s a classic Looney Tunes take on Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C sharp Minor.

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