7/23 Wild News & Notes: Cullen, Graovac, Rivals & More

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.

Marney Gellner of Fox Sports North had an excellent video piece that aired Friday on former Minnesota forward Matt Cullen's charity Cully's Kids. Cullen, who signed a two-year, $7 million contract with Nashville earlier this month to be the Predators' top line center*, has been active with the charity that raises money for families with child healthcare needs.

This is the 9th (and unfortunately last) year Cullen has hosted a celebrity weekend in his hometown of Moorhead to raise money. Last year he donated a million dollars to Sanford Health. Even though the 36 year-old isn't a member of the Wild anymore, it's still an impressive gesture and should be highlighted.

-Emilie over at Hockey Wilderness gave some pros and cons about each Central Division team being the next Wild rival. They'll have tough competition from (insert Northwest Division team currently on the ice) and "Minnesota's search for a rival."

-Brock Otten looks at Minnesota's OHL prospects. All two of them. Both Tyler Graovac and 2013 3rd round pick Kurtis Gabriel get in-depth analysis.

I feel bad because Brock is an OHL must-read and does great work, but at least he got to take it easy for one team.

-As mentioned in the post below this one, the Wild's ECHL team Orlando has added Toronto to its affiliate list.

-Kurt Kleinendorst, who also was mentioned here over the weekend, was formally introduced Monday as the head coach of the Iowa Wild. He vowed "to make Des Moines proud." (Des Moines Register)

He also threw the first pitch at last night's Iowa Cubs game.


-The Wild are having their annual Warehouse and Equipment sale today and tomorrow (July 23-24). If you are near the Xcel Energy Center and want a good deal on Minnesota apparel, now is your chance.

-Mike Doyle of Wild.com spoke with 2013 7th round pick Nolan De Jong on hearing his name called and why he chose to play for Red Berenson at Michigan

-Chris Peters gives an excellent breakdown of Team USA's Olympic Orientation Camp roster. Jason Pominville's snub is one of his two biggest surprises. (United States of Hockey)

-Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune guest hosted on KFAN yesterday. His guests included Zach Parise (podcast here...maybe we'll have more on this later) talking about the Olympics and more,  Wild assistant GM Jim Mill/Jamie Langenbrunner and Matt Hendricks.

Until it's hockey season again, Russo guests hosts again or we start a podcast, this is the likely extent of Minnesota hockey talk for the next couple months (Lou Nanne's appearances being the exception because Lou Nanne is always the exception. Nothing wrong with that.).

-Johan Gustafsson gets profiled by friend of FRB Justin Goldman. (The Goalie Guild/McKeens)

-This picture happened yesterday.
-Missed this one in my Development Camp post but Mike over at Hitting the Post gave his own two cents on various prospects.

-Wild Road Tripper analyzes the 2013-14 schedule. So does Gone Puck Wild.

-Giles writes about the elephant in the room that is extending Jason Pominville. (Team of 18,001)

-Lastly, congrats to Dan on his new gig with Redline Report! It's very well deserved. He works his butt off, spends an insane amount time at the rink scouting and has a great mind for hockey. I'm happy to see Dan get some recognition (and yes he is still writing here).

Follow First Round Bust @FRBHockey.

*That comes from an article in the Tennessean. Say what you want about Minnesota's top-six but Cullen was not going to be depended upon to play a top-line role. Not even close.

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