-The Wild unveiled an infographic last week about the last month after The Coup. I'm pretty sure the Gopher fan forgiveness meter is a lie or some sort of magic voodoo stat. That or the legions of Gopher fans who aren't really Wild fans who follow me on Twitter (@gopherstate, yes it's a cheap plug) weren't counted. (Wild.com)
-Speaking of stats, Alex over at Litter Box Cats has an excellent introduction to advanced stats that I highly suggest. Even if you hate them with a violent passion, it's much better to grasp a basic idea of what PDO is than to dismiss it as "magic voodoo." The more you know....
-Friend of First Round Bust Chris Peters recapped Monday's 4-3 USA Blue win over Finland that saw Mario Lucia get a hat trick and went in-depth about his play.
Mario Lucia — The hat trick is a good indication of how Lucia played. He still needs to work on his D-zone play, but the way his offense was clicking, his deficiency on D is easy to overlook. On his second goal, Lucia converted from distance on a rebound chance, but the third was the jaw dropper. He bore down right up the center of the ice with options on either side on the 3-on-2, but made the wise decision to use that nasty release. Lucia has good enough size and speed. He’ll need to adjust to the pace just a hair better, but he’s also made a strong statement in campThat's only a small snippet of what Peters has over at the United States of Hockey and he's covering the entire camp as well as anyone.
-NHL.com also wrote about Lucia's hat trick with quotes from the future Notre Dame forward.
-The Finnish tabloid Iltalehti has a series of videos of Mikael Granlund and Niklas Backstrom skating with a group of players in Finland. Unfortunately they can't be embedded so you have to click here (and here and here), but apparently the footage will be part of an upcoming "Becoming Wild" episode.
-Also from Iltalehti: Nobody messes with the Finnish Baby Jesus.
-Hockey Prospectus, who earlier ranked Minnesota's pool as the fourth-best in the NHL, runs down their top-ten Wild prospects.
-State of Hockey News is excited about the Aeros upcoming season.
-Brock Otten is discussing every drafted OHL prospect from all 30 teams in 30 days and hit Minnesota last week. Fortunately for his workload, the Wild only have Tyler Graovac playing in the O. (OHL Prospects)
-Zack Phillips and Charlie Coyle are Xbox official.
-The Vita.mn 2012 List of Lists can't make the Wild feel great about themselves. Well maybe Mikko Koivu because he's both the 5th and 10th-best player on the team but that just shows how skillful Koivu is.
(Also not ranking high on the list - any hockey blog, including Russo. And it's not like Vita.mn is a Strib-run magazine...)
-Speaking of Russo, he's back from vacation. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
-Even Doc Emerick didn't see The Coup come and he's F-ing Doc Emerick. (Puck Daddy)
-Hockey Wilderness debated who the Wild's goon will be this year.
-Justin Falk and Jared Sprugeon discuss their times playing junior hockey with the Spokane Chiefs and this upcoming year. (Spokesman-Review)
-The Goalie Guild really like Minnesota's depth between the pipes.
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-Mike Modano is getting divorced from model Willa Ford. That explains the comeback. (The Big Lead)
-The winners and losers from the recent Sports Media realignment. (Outkick The Coverage)
-The UFC will make its long-awaited return to Minneapolis October 5th as Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva and Travis Browne headline a FX card live from Target Center. (MMAJunkie)
-In what has to be great news Jack Jablonski is crawling nine months after being paralyzed. (Star Tribune)
-Richard Park is playing in Switzerland with another former member of the Wild organization, Kevin Constantine. (Pro Hockey Talk)
-It's been five years since the 35W Bridge collapsed. (Frozen Ponderings)
-It's only been one year since James Sheppard was traded. We miss ye Patron Saint of this blog.