5/16 Wild News & Notes Around The Internet (Excluding LaPanta)

Editor's Note: There are always a lot of Minnesota Wild-related articles from around the internet. Some are touched upon while others get lost by the wayside. These are some of the best not including Anthony LaPanta-gate, since that will be be further discussed later.

It's been a month since we've done a link post but with the Wild sitting on the outside there hasn't been too much news (well up until this weekend). Because of that, a few of these are a couple weeks old but they are still good reads nonetheless.

Minnesota Wild
-Giles over at Team of 18,001 discusses the pros and cons of trading for Jordan Staal, whose price sounds similar to what Minnesota fetched for Brent Burns last year.

-Clayton Stoner avoided free agency and signed a 2 year, $2.1 million deal. More on this whenever things die down.

-Hockey Wilderness graded Stoner and almost every Wild player this season, which is quite the achievement. Although they aren't in one place, search them out on HW in the "features" section.

-State of Hockey News had a roundtable about Minnesota's season and one of the participants is our own Jarick. It's in two separate parts here and here.

-Hockey's Future ranked 3 Minnesota Wild prospects in their top 50. Mikael Granlund was 9th between St. Louis forward prospect Jaden Schwartz and Florida Panthers goalie prospect Jakob Markstrom, Charlie Coyle is 18th and Jonas Brodin is 30th and below half the defenseman drafted after him last summer. It's not a surprise given Hockey's Future tends to rate Wild prospects on the low side (the organization was only 17th this past fall) compared to a site like Hockey Prospectus which has Granlund as the #1 prospect outside the NHL. Take that for what it's worth but all 3 did move up in HF's rankings.

-Speaking of Hockey's Future, they also interviewed Jonas Brodin. Speaking of Brodin, everyone loves him in the World Championships.

Free Agency
-Judd Zulgad over at 1500ESPN touches on what Pierre McGuire said in an interview on his radio show about Minnesota's chances of getting Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.

-Puck Daddy had an interview with Dewayne Hankins, who runs the now-infamous Los Angeles Kings twitter feed. One of the gems from it is that Hankins created @clutterstache for Minnesota before moving onto the Kings.

-Minnesota and Houston now have an ECHL affiliate in Orlando. Possibly more on this later.

-Mike Yeo and other members of the Wild organization are running a 12 mile "Tough Mudder" this weekend to raise money for injured service members. The whole thing is both admirable and hardcore. You can donate here.

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