Get ready for a lot of links! This is NOT a slow news day, so let's skip the pleasantries and get down to it! The only big non-hockey news is:
Minnesota's soccer team defeated FC Edmonton 3-2 on Saturday, in a messy, messy affair.
One of the most legendary names in American soccer announced his retirement this weekend. Click here to see some great Landon Donovan moments.
Zach Parise Takes the #IceBucketChallenge | Gone Puck Wild
Apparently there's a thing called the "Ice Bucket Challenge" and it affected the Wild. Look below for another IBC reference from the Eastern Conference.
Watch Every Charlie Coyle Goal From the 2013-14 Season | Gone Puck Wild
Hopefully, the Wild will see a lot more of this this season.
A Look at the Wild's goaltending depth chart | Gone Puck Wild
A look at net minders in the Wild's system, including recent draft pick Kaapo Kähkönen.
Lemaire You Know: Are The Minnesota Wild A Contender + Nonsense | Gone Puck Wild
A new series of pieces is beginning at GPW, so look for it regularly. Here is the first installment.
Wild Prospect Alex Tuch Solid at U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp | Gone Puck Wild - A Minnesota Wild Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
6 points in 3 games is nothing to sneer at... could the Wild have acquired a 2 PPG player?
Zach Parise takes part in Ice Bucket Challenge (with video), challenges Zajac, Faulk, Okposo | Russo's Rants
Russo chimes in on the IBC.
Summer School: Stats and Things
Science of Hockey: What Makes Fast and Slow Ice? | Exploratorium
An interesting article about ice conditions and how they affect the game.
NHL player tracking is coming, and it looks like this | Sporting News
A look at what could be coming to a nerd near you...
Hockey's advanced stats geeks finally getting the credit they deserve | SBNation.com
Next thing you know, the Wild will be hiring Ger!
Report: Penguins, Wild, Capitals pursuing Bissonnette | ProHockeyTalk
We've found the Wild's last bottom-pairing defensemen. #GRIT
From the Frozen Pond (Non-Wild MN News)
Five Must-See Non-Conference Big Ten Hockey Series | The Hockey Writers
Be sure to tune in for these games, including Minnesota teams.
Kasimir Kaskisuo Could Hold Key to Minnesota-Duluth's Season | SB Nation College Hockey
A year after their goaltending led them to a disappointing season, Minnesota-Duluth could be one of college hockey's best teams with Kasimir Kaskisuo between the pipes.
Minnesota Hockey and Rink Systems, Inc. Renew Partnership | Minnesota Hockey Magazine
Minnesota will continue working with Rink Systems from Albert Lea.
Embattled hockey school leaves state high school league | Minnesota Hockey Hub
Achiever Academy won't be in the MSHSL tournament anymore.
Bauer Hockey sues to get North St. Paul private school to change its name | Minnesota Hockey Hub
...And Achiever Academy falls in new trouble over its new name.
Park hockey's Anna Keys is Mankato's 'real steal' | Minnesota Girls Hockey Hub
Anna Keys is going to MSU Mankato
Off the Trail
Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski Challenge Dave Nonis and Randy Carlyle | Pension Plan Puppets
There are so many things to love here... so many things.
The culture change we actually need | Fear The Fin
An interesting look at the Dubas signing, from another perspective.
NHL Summer 2014: Player Movement |
Here is a sneak peek at the 2014-15 NHL season with all the moves from team-to-team.
Toews-Kane Aren't NHL's Most Dynamic Duo | The Hockey Writers
A bold statement, but can Sheng Peng back it up? Definitely worth a read.
Should You Really Be Booing Gary Bettman? | The Hockey Writers
A defense of the much-maligned commish.
Remembering the Seattle Metropolitans, America's first Stanley Cup champion | SBNation.com
Let's remember the Seattle Metropolitans, the first American team to win the Stanley Cup, way back in an era that pre-dated the NHL.
Dropkick Murphys behead Canadiens doll at Montreal heavy metal festival (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
I've long been a fan of the Dropkick Murphys, and this just makes me love them more.
United States coaches have better read on players after junior evaluation camp | NHL
USA Hockey may have found some combinations that could carry into the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
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