- We’re less than 24 hours away from the Minnesota Wild’s first gameday and I can not handle it. There’s not even a link here, it’s just crazy that the season is here.
- To get our hopes in check, the Wild extended forward Marcus Foligno to a three-year deal, keeping him in Minnesota for the next four seasons at least for a cap hit of $3.1-million. [Hockey Wilderness]
- For more on the Foligno front, we turn to Michael Russo’s story of the 29-year-old defensive freak that will be in the green and wheat for a little bit longer. [The Athletic]
- Don’t you fret, even if the Wild get to an unfavorable start against the lowly Californian teams, everything will be alright. [10K Rinks]
- The Wild are entering this season unlike any other. [StarTribune]
- Everyone loves to make fun of defensive metrics until they’re useful in getting a bigger contract, eh Marcus?
Off the trail...
- The NHL is back and in this horrible, odd, insane time, and with that, comes COVID-19 updates from the league itself. As of Tuesday, a total of 27 confirmed cases among the players, 17 of which are with the Dallas Stars, but luckily those cases are asymptomatic. [ProHockeyTalk]
- Sometimes, you just figure when they mention that you’re playing at Lake Tahoe, it would be on the actual lake.
- Vancouver Canucks players J.T. Miller and Jordie Benn, will not be available to start the season, due to COVID-19 testing and the league’s travel protocols. [Sportsnet]
- Some hockey has already been going on with the PWHPA playing the USPHL’s Jr. Bruins yesterday and something completely unforeseen happened.
the whole scene of the pw and jr bruins literally pushing the zamboni off the ice in the second intermission. what a morning ... pic.twitter.com/ZtoqqqAW7o— The Ice Garden (@TheIceGarden) January 12, 2021
- The Winnipeg Jets are going to eventually trade some dudes and we’re here for it. [TSN]
- Speaking of the Jets, they lost two of the players yesterday, as defenseman Luca Sbisa and goaltender Eric Comrie were claimed off waivers. Sbisa is now a member of the Nashville Predators, while Comrie will be the likely Corey Crawford replacement with the New Jersey Devils. [TSN]