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The R.S.S. Feed: June 17, 2009

by Ryan Stanzel / Minnesota Wild
Wednesday, 4:45 pm PDT

Greetings from The Palms, which is headquarters for the NHL Awards show tomorrow night.

The rest of our group, including GM Chuck Fletcher and goalie coach Bob Mason, are at Caesar's Palace. So I went down to the box office a little bit ago to get our organization's four tickets to the Awards show. They're expensive. I had $2,000 worth of tickets in my pocket before sitting down at a gaming table!

It's my first time in Las Vegas, so I plan on checking out Las Vegas Blvd. tonight.

For those followers of the R.S.S. Feed, you know I often mention the autograph seekers while we're on the road. You can imagine the folks downstairs here (in the middle of the casino), but I have not seen any players yet -- most of them in town are at another hotel, except for those up for awards such as Niklas Backstrom.

Dress rehearsal for the players is at 1 o'clock Pacific. The show is at 4 Pacific for TV on the East Coast. The after-party is at Rain (anyone watch The Real World?)

Feel free to send e-mails throughout the week. I am itching to get blogging more. I'll be on the scene at the NHL Draft next weekend as well. The e-mail is

Wednesday, 11:05 a.m. CDT

N. Backstrom from Las Vegas

Niklas talks to Wild Radio about his trip to Las Vegas, the Wild's latest front office moves and the possibility of being a crab fisherman
My punishment for not blogging since April is ... spending the next three days at the NHL Awards proceedings with Niklas Backstrom. Location? Las Vegas. I know, poor me.

But there's lots of work to be done, and I'll fill you in on everything (well, besides what stays in Vegas) over the next 72 hours.

Also in my traveling party is goalie coach Bob Mason, who has been communicating with Backstrom, who took nearly 20 hours to get to Vegas since he was back in Finland. One thing that didn't make it all the way was his hockey bag -- it was lost somewhere between Philadelphia and Las Vegas.

Josh Harding is also on our flight. The NHLPA is holding meetings in Las Vegas, as well. I know Derek Boogaard is out there, too.

Backstrom is attending goalie meetings today but will do interviews with both Twin Cities papers and also our own Kevin Falness. New Wild GM Chuck Fletcher is scheduled to meet us tomorrow for the Awards, which will air on VERSUS at 6 p.m. CDT.

Time to put on some tunes and catch some Zs on our three-hour trip west. Until later on ...

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