- All through the house, not a creature was stirring but us sitting on the couch getting ready to watch hours of teenagers playing hockey. Five Minnesota Wild prospects will be taking the ice within the Edmonton bubble, representing their countries. Headlined by key talents like Marco Rossi and Matt Boldy, with the future fate of this team in their hands, with other stary-eyed prospects like Marat Khusnutdinov, Vladislav Firstov, and Pavel Novak not far behind. It’s going to be a Wild holiday season.
- In case you missed it, Rossi and Boldy were able to demonstrate their potential talent during a couple of preliminary games. [Hockey Wilderness]
- Along with the rest of the NHL, the Wild announced their entire 2020-21 regular season schedule. [Hockey Wilderness]
- If you haven’t read this story from Michael Russo on Kirill Kaprizov’s early days as a Minnesota resident, it’s well worth your time. [The Athletic]
Off the trail...
- One of the rare unknowns heading into this season, was whether the seven Canadian teams can play within their own arenas. Local health authorities have finally made the call and it appears that they will begin their season, using their usual playing grounds.
Statement from Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly on NHL Canadian Clubs Playing in Home Arenas. pic.twitter.com/mtCLTwlLcB— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) December 24, 2020
There will be additional testing, including the families of players that are in contact with them. If they don’t like the results, then they are in their right to force a bubble.
- Ryan Miller re-upped with the Anaheim Ducks to stick as John Gibson’s backup. [Sportsnet]
- After their recent stretch of re-signing RFAs, the Tampa Bay Lightning continued and were able to secure the services of one of their most important players heading into this season. Anthony Cirelli will be a member of the Lightning for three more years, at a price of $4.8-million AAV. Tampa are still above the cap ceiling even with Kucherov’s $9.5-million going to the LTIR when the season begins, so they’ll have to do some shuffling. [Raw Charge]
- Lastly, we want to wish every single one of our readers a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from everyone here at Hockey Wilderness. Thank you for your continuing support of this blog and we hope you’re able to finish off this year with some joy.