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Wilderness Walk: Cover

A couple player sightings and KC as a possible NHL destination

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In selecting today’s music, I thought it might be fun to find a genre cover of a song. My first thought was there had to be some fun metal covers of pop music (and there are), but then I came across a metal cover of “Hurt” and it raises some questions for me. If you give it a listen, it’s pretty clear that Leo Moracchioli (who has some great covers of other songs too) is covering Johnny Cash’s own cover of the Nine Inch Nails original. The reason being that although NIN are the creators (and props to them for that), “Hurt” has become Johnny Cash’s song.

There are other examples of the same phenomenon. The best might be “All Along the Watchtower”. Bob Dylan wrote the song, but Jimi Hendrix’s cover is the version of the song. Dylan even admitted as much.

This got me to wondering, does this sort of thing happen in hockey? Are there playing styles, specific moves, etc. that one player invented/developed/popularized that a latter player recreated so well that it became synonymous with the second player? I’ve struggled to think of any great examples myself, but if you have one in mind, leave it in the comments below.

Wild News

It seems both the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press are on vacation, so there’s nothing to see here.

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