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Wake With Elias: Are you sick of the Minnesota Wild yet?

There’s a barrage of Minnesota Wild talk in the wake of this week’s playoff announcement.

NHL: Minnesota Wild at Vancouver Canucks Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

Canucks News

  • With news of a likely playoff return for the NHL, some have focused on who will join the Canucks as a so-called Black Ace as backup. Per Rick Dhaliwal, Nils Hoglander will not be among that group.
  • Over at The Athletic, Minnesota Wild writer Michael Russo did an interview piece on Brock Boeser. With the team set to face the Wild, it’s a neat storyline given Boeser is from Minnesota [The Athletic]
  • Also from The Athletic, Thomas Drance and Harman Dayal make ten predictions for a Canucks-Wild series. [The Athletic]
  • Stephan Roget of CanucksArmy compares the defences of the Canucks and the WIld. [CanucksArmy]
  • Another Canucks-Wild series preview courtesy of The Hockey Writers. [The Hockey Writers]
  • And in a look at what could be an interesting dynamic, Ben Kuzma of The Province looks at possible Wild starter Alex Stalock. [The Province]
  • Finally, the week of June 8th, TSN 1040 is doing crossover week with all of their shows, and they announced the schedule for it yesterday.
  • I also have to share this sweet Quinn Hughes graphic from Sportsnet.

Around the NHL

  • Elliotte Friedman’s new 31 Thoughts column. [Sportsnet]
  • NHL tells players Phase 3 won’t begin before July 10th. [Sportsnet]
  • What would the most entertaining version of the 2020 playoffs look like? The Silky N’ Filthy podcast breaks down the most entertaining bracket imaginable. [Nucks Misconduct]
  • Buffalo Sabres defender Rasmus Ristolainen had some choice words about the team.
  • And Leon Draisaitl was officially named the 2019-20 Art Ross winner. [CBC]