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-related links throughout the mainstream media and blogosphere.
It's not the size of the stick but how you use it. (@Jason_Zucker16)
This week, as you may expect, is full of Zach Parise and Stanley Cup articles because what else is there to talk about right before the Draft? Okay there's some college and Draft stuff too (off topic: thanks to Tommy there's a shiny new page in the upper right corner which showcases all the #FRBDraft2012 pieces and beautiful graphics - click it!) but the end of playoff hockey has kicked Parise Watch 2012 up a notch like Emeril used to do.
Emeril? Holy dated reference Batman. Anyways, there are more great reads after the jump.
Parise Watch 2012:
-Lou Nanne was on both Minneapolis/St. Paul sports talk stations yesterday (KFAN & 1500ESPN for those who live outside Minnesota) to discuss Zach. Nanne believes there is a good chance he ends up on the Wild although a lot of it has to do with a conversation he had with Minnesota owner Craig Leipold. That's not to say he can't be swayed (after all, Leipold did just that to a great hockey mind in Nanne) but this isn't a big inside source from those close in Parise's camp since that could be seen as tampering.
However, the 1500 ESPN article is interesting just to see the Florida Panthers come up as a mystery team.
-Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press breaks down the three major elements of Minnesota getting Parise, which bring up the possibility of trading for the former University of North Dakota forward's rights or even the #7 pick for a proven NHLer.
-When they aren't posting a great series of prospect profiles, Hockey Wilderness is having fun with Parise Watch by posting articles about how small events may play a role. Here is one covering the possibility of both Suter and Parise in Detroit.
Sort of Parise Watch 2012:
-Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune put up a blog on both the beginning of Zach Parise Watch and Guillaume Latendresse. The latter is more interesting and goes to show the tough choice Minnesota has in bringing back a player who scored 25 goals in 3/4 of a season yet hasn't been healthy since 2010. Russo seems to be coming around to the idea of the "Big Bear" coming back. Regardless, it appears the two sides will try to negotiate a deal that is less money than the qualifying $2.5 million Latendresse would get.
Also from the blog: The Wild have a league-worst 75:1 2013 Stanley Cup odds with the Islanders and Columbus. If you're all-in on some big moves, this is a good time to put some cash down on Minnesota.
-Team of 18,001 goes against the grain with (Ryan) Suter Watch and the highlights of a live chat Tennessean beat writer Josh Cooper had for Predators fans.
Not Parise Watch 2012:
-Chris Peters of the excellent United States of Hockey blog discusses the curious case about the great American Alex Galchenyuk.
-After last week's attempts to get the college game to adopt the 3/4 visor, bureaucracy wins out. It'll be another two years of the full shield because of the need to have injury data for the safeguard committee. (SB Nation/USCHO)
-In local college news that doesn't involve the Gophers, the NCHC, which will be made up 8 teams in the WCHA and CCHA beginning in 2013-2014, is going head-to-head with the Big Ten's college hockey tournament in the Twin Cities every other year. The NCHC will be playing at Target Center, which has hosted a half-dozen hockey games in the last decade, while the Big Ten will be at the Xcel Energy Center.
I think it's an interesting move more or less because this will give a chance to see if Minnesota can really stake a claim as being the "State of Hockey" outside of TV ratings and handle two tournaments at once. (College Hockey News)
-CBC has great pregame montages set to great music and here is a compilation of all six in one spot. When NBC decides to use Metric to set the mood, they can talk (View From My Seats)
-WHEATOOONNNNN! ...celebrating his Kings winning the Cup (Puck Daddy)
-Bill Simmons writes about something any Minnesota pro sports fan can relate with - disappointment. This one involves his daughter falling in love with the LA Kings this year and becoming a true sports fan after Game 4. (Grantland)
-And finally, this is old but interesting nonetheless. Last month the St. Cloud Times - as in the newspaper in St. Cloud - had a column on how the mute button makes Fox Sports North a much better experience and goes to rip several on-air personalities. One of those is future Wild play-by-play guy Anthony LaPanta.
(This would be where I would link a FSN Wild article in the spirit of fairness but they haven't had one since Gustafsson signed. FSN did, however, pick two new Fox Sports North Girls! And ask them questions!!!)