Editor's note: It's been a while since we've done a post filled with links so between that guilt and knowing a couple of these subjects won't get their proper due, here are the best Wild and prospect links throughout the mainstream media and blogosphere
The big news coming out today is that Team USA announced 17 members of their World Championships squad. Despite going all-in on Minnesotans and Americans this year, zero members of the Wild were selected although with Matt Cullen's injury, only Tom Gilbert had a legitimate chance of being selected. Then again, Ryan Lasch (former St. Cloud State Husky now playing in Europe) was chosen so maybe Chad Rau would have had a chance if he wasn't trying to get the Houston Aeros in the AHL Playoffs.
-Speaking of the Aeros, they're bombing at the wrong time, having lost eight of nine (Houston Press). Also Marco Scandella tweaked something in his return to the Aeros which is more than fitting given the turnover and injuries the Wild system has dealt with on the blue line (3rd Intermission).
-Wild owner Craig Leipold sat down and talked with both Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Both fishwraps bring up good points on the season and we'll explore these articles tomorrow (so apparently this is homework).
-The biggest newsworthy piece from the interviews is that Minnesota is working on a contract extension for General Manager Chuck Fletcher (ESPN).
-Team of 18,001 unveiled their awards for the 2011-2012 Wild regular season
-Mario Lucia and the Penticton Vees are one game away from winning the Fred Page Cup (BCHL championship). Our friend Fraser Rodgers has a preview of tonight's Game 4.
-Zack Phillips and Charlie Coyle are trying to recover from an awkward 5-2 Game 3 win that included a power outage and a crab thrown on the ice to sweep Baie-Comeau and continue their quest for Saint John's second consecutive Memorial Cup. Station Nation has the preview for Game 4.
-No one at Hockey Wilderness was a fan of Devin Setoguchi's season. They are, however, Mikko Koivu backers.
-If you don't read my (hopefully) excellent college hockey coverage over at SB Nation Minnesota and SB Nation, Erik Haula's sophomore season ended with a 6-1 loss to Boston College in the Frozen Four semifinals. Hockey's Future had an interview with the Wild prospect from Tampa and USCHO's Brian Halverson did an excellent feature on Haula a week or so back.