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Ryder Cup draws the attention of Wild dressing room

International event gets underway this week at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Digital Content Coordinator

Perhaps the most common place to find a hockey player during the offseason is at the golf course. 

Even with training camp in full swing, there's a good chance you might see a few Wild players there this week when the Ryder Cup gets underway at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska.

Like many in the Twin Cities, the Wild dressing room has been buzzing with anticipation for the tournament to begin. While love for one's homeland has been a common theme in many locker rooms around the NHL as the World Cup of Hockey winds down in Toronto, it's the Ryder Cup, featuring players from Team USA facing off with their counterparts from Europe, that will capture the imaginations of Wild players this week.

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Wild continues adding pieces to new system

Neutral zone work, special teams installation the highlights on day two of camp

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Digital Content Coordinator

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- On the ice for the second day of training camp, the Minnesota Wild worked more on its neutral zone play in an effort to understand and execute the system new coach Bruce Boudreau is installing.

The morning session took place in front of a couple hundred fans who wandered into Xcel Energy Center for a first glimpse of Boudreau on the ice in a Wild cap. 

Fans that showed up got to see the Wild again work through a fast-paced practice. Despite it being early in camp, players said they are starting to catch on to the nuances of Boudreau's system.

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A look at camp through the eyes of Ryan Carter

Veteran forward is trying to earn his way onto the Wild roster with a strong preseason

by Ryan Carter @CartersStache / NHL.com

Different players have different views of training camp based on a number of factors. Among them: NHL experience and contract status. 

Wild.com has caught up with several Wild players, all with varying approaches to camp. Over the course of the preseason, you'll read about these views in a series entitled "Camp Through Their Eyes," a glimpse into the mind of a professional tryout, a rookie, a veteran, a superstar and a goaltender.

Today, you'll hear from Ryan Carter, a two-year Wild veteran attending this year's camp on a professional tryout. With no guaranteed contract, all that's promised for Carter at this point is an opportunity to show up to the rink tomorrow.

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Conditioning test the highlight of camp's first day

Up-tempo practice mixed with plenty of whiteboard work as players adjust to new system

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Digital Content Coordinator

Wild Training Camp Day 1 Group A

Wild Training Camp Day 1 Group A

Charlie Coyle, Matt Dumba and Jason Zucker talk about their first on-ice session of Wild training camp

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Even though Wild players knew it was coming, it didn't make it any easier. 

With a new coaching staff and new systems to digest, the highlight of the first day of coach Bruce Boudreau's first training camp were the conditioning tests performed at the end of each practice session. 

The test required players to skate 4 1/2 lengths of the ice, three separate times with two minute breaks in between. Players had 38 seconds to complete the first rotation and 41 seconds in the second and third trips.

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Three things to watch for at training camp

There are plenty of things to keep an eye on as the Wild opens its first training camp under coach Bruce Boudreau

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Digital Content Coordinator

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Wild will officially begin its 17th training camp Friday morning at Xcel Energy Center.

Here are three things to monitor when it comes to the action on the ice:

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U.S. drops World Cup finale to Czech Republic

Parise registers assist as Americans finish tournament winless

by Evan Sporer / Special to Wild.com

TORONTO - As Zach Parise took a pass on the goal line, he didn't survey his options: He already knew what he was going to do. 

Parise had a power play assist, his first point in a competitive hockey game since April 3, and a sign both his body and hockey brain are ready for NHL action. 

The United States lost to the Czceh Republic 4-3 on Thursday. The result, much like the game, was going to be inconsequential, especially from a Minnesota Wild perspective.

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Minnesota Wild remembers Walter Bush

State of Hockey native was a giant in the sport both locally and nationally

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / NHL.com

Walter Bush, a legend in the sport of hockey in Minnesota and the United States, passed away on Thursday.

He was 86.

Bush served as president of USA Hockey for nearly two decades and was instrumental in bringing the NHL to Minnesota when he helped found the North Stars.

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Team Finland wraps World Cup with loss to Russia

Granlund, Koivu and Haula will arrive at Wild training camp on Monday

by Evan Sporer / Special to Wild.com

TORONTO - Down on a knee, all Mikael Granlund could do is watch his one-time shot ring off the post and sail wide, inches away from giving Finland a lead. 

In some ways, the play was a microcosm of the tournament for Finland, who finished group play on Thursday with a 3-0 loss to Russia, ending a winless World Cup for the Finns. 

After Jori Lehtera was able to force a turnover in the offensive zone, he and Granlund had a 2-on-1 down low. With goalie Sergei Bobrovsky high in his crease shaded toward Lehtera, he passed the puck over to Granlund, whose shot rang off the post.

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Veterans find their way around at Media Day

Players and coaches return to Xcel Energy Center for annual introduction to the media

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Digital Content Coordinator

ST. PAUL -- The normally quiet bowels of Xcel Energy Center were buzzing with action on Thursday as Minnesota Wild players were shuttled from station to station, completing their preseason obligations on Media Day.

After a long summer away from the arena, some players were catching up with their teammates, asking how the offseason went.  

"It's like the first day of school," said Wild coach Bruce Boudreau. "You get to see everybody again and it should be exciting. If you love your job, it's an exciting time of the year."

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Wild duo spearheading a youth movement for Finland

Still in their mid-20s, Haula and Granlund are two of the older players on a roster trending younger

by Evan Sporer / Special to Wild.com

TORONTO - On the Minnesota Wild, forwards Erik Haula, age 25, and Mikael Granlund, age 24, are considered part of a young core. 

In Finnish years, they're much older. 

"I feel old myself right now," said Granlund, sitting next to Haula in a room full of their teammates, virtually all of them younger. 

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