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Nothing for Minny but some NHL news while we hold steady during the offseason

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Nothing much to speak of on the Minnesota Wild side of things today, but there are some interesting stories about what might be going on around the league. That’s especially the case if you are interested in NHL captaincies. The most interesting idea regarding those I’ve heard is to pin the “C” on Marc-Andre Fleury for the Vegas Golden Knights. I doubt it will happen as the last time a goaltender was captain was the Robert Luongo experiment which didn’t go super well. Still, I think the idea has some merit. “Flower” has more playoff experience than anyone on the team. In fact, he quite possibly has more than the rest of the team combined (don’t quote me on it, I haven’t done the math). He’s successfully helped his team to multiple Stanley Cups and is arguably the most recognizable name on the roster, with apologies to James Neal. There’s no doubt that he will be a leader on the team, if not THE leader of the team. Maybe it’s an idea worth experimenting with, especially as the Knights are a brand new franchise and are already a bit of a science experiment themselves? Or perhaps that’s too strange for an unestablished new team to try? What do you guys think?

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On Frozen Pond

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Off the Trail

Six suggestions for the captain vacancies throughout the league | The Hockey News
There are six teams with vacant captaincies as the new campaign approaches, so who steps up to take on the biggest on-ice leadership role next season?

Rumors Rundown: Seguin Could Be Traded, Tavares' Options
Is it possible that two of the top centers in the NHL in Tyler Seguin and John Tavares could find new homes over the next couple seasons?

Knights Trio Commit to London
The London Knights called a press conference on Wednesday to announce the signing of three players, including 16-year-old Dalton DuHart.

Down Goes Brown: Five NHL teams who could be this year's Avalanche - Sportsnet.ca
Everything went wrong for the Colorado Avalanche in 2016–17. Will any team have as big a tumble down the standings this coming season? We've got five candidates.

Dallas Stars to host NHL Draft for first time in 2018 - Sportsnet.ca
The American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Stars, will host the 2018 NHL Draft, the team announced on Saturday.

Gotta See It: Maple Leafs' Mitch Marner puts on agility show - Sportsnet.ca
Mitch Marner's father posted a pretty impressive video of the young Maple Leafs forward working out this off-season... and we're a bit winded just watching it.

Alex Ovechkin on Olympics: There is always a chance - Sportsnet.ca
The NHL has not wavered on its decision to forego participation in the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. The same can also be said for Alex Ovechkin and his continued desire to play, which he reiterated earlier this week.

Green to Black: North Stars Graphic History, 1967-93
The history of the Minnesota North Stars and Dallas Stars NHL franchise's logo designs from 1967 to 1993.