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MINNESOTA WILDLAST SEASON: 38-33-11, 87 points. Finished fifth in Central Division. Lost to Dallas Stars in Western Conference quarterfinals.COACH: Bruce Boudreau (first season, 10th NHL season).ADDED: C Marc Staal, RW Chris Stewart.LOST: LW Thomas Vanek, RW Justin Fontaine, LW Chris Porter, C Jarret Stoll, RW David Jones.PLAYER TO WATCH: Mikael Granlund. The ninth pick in the 2010 draft, a cult hero in his native Finland, hasnt matched the hype with offensive production over his first four NHL seasons. But he has proved to be a hard-nosed defensive player and, playing all 82 games for the first time, posted a career-best 13 goals and 44 points last season. Granlund, who has been playing left wing on a line centered by captain and fellow Finn Mikko Koivu, is poised for a breakout in Boudreaus system.OUTLOOK: With Granlund and fellow forwards Charlie Coyle, Nino Niederreiter, Erik Haula and Jason Zucker, plus defensemen Jonas Brodin and Matt Dumba, the Wild have a young core. Koivu, Staal, Zach Parise, Jason Pominville and defenseman Ryan Suter will all be 32 or older this season, so the time is now to make a move past the early rounds of the playoffs where theyve been stuck the last four years. Its up to Boudreau to guide them there. Sean Newcomb Jersey . -- For the first time in two months, an opponent was standing up to Alabama. David Justice Braves Jersey . LUCIE, Fla. http://www.baseballbravesproshop.com/bobby-cox-braves-jersey/ . Rinne played two periods in his first game since left hip surgery in early May. Gabriel Bourque scored 3:07 into the second period and Austin Watson tallied 5:15 later for Nashville. Julio Teheran Jersey . Olli Jokinen, Mark Scheifele, and Bryan Little each had a goal and an assist as Winnipeg won 5-2, handing Calgary its record-setting seventh consecutive loss on home ice. Freddie Freeman Jersey . Clarkson had been dealing with an elbow injury in early January and will be out of action for at least one week. He has three goals and five assists through 36 games with the Leafs this season. The two most successful players in League of Legends history have stood together on the same stage for the past four years.Lee Faker Sang-hyeok, 20, is always in the center of the photos, the eyes of millions directed at every flick of his mousing wrist and intricate acrobatics of his fingers on the keyboard. He has been called the Michael Jordan of video games and dubbed God in his homeland of South Korea for his unparalleled ability.The second of the pair, Bae Bengi Seong-woong, is often left to one side in pictures in favor of a close-up on the aforementioned God, his teammate on SK Telecom T1. When people bring up the players whove won two world championships, his name is also a footnote, like itd be better for the narrative if there were only one name -- Fakers -- and not two. Bengi, 22, is a goofball compared to Fakers aloof coolness, always making weird faces in the player booth with the lanky mid laner at his side.Over the past four years, theyve been through everything together, from losing their first tournament, to winning the Summoners Cup as rookies in 2013, to watching their original starting five on SK Telecom T1 fall apart after they failed to return to the World Championships in 2014. Even when the conditions have been less than optimal on SKT T1, Faker and Bengi have been together: the superstar and the steadfast sidekick.Bengi: down but not outBengi knows he is not the greatest jungler in the world. Over the past two years, SK Telecom T1 have signed possible replacements for him. In 2015, after a rough previous year, the team decided to bring on a young rookie by the name of Im Tom Jae-hyeon, a specialist on the champion Udyr. It felt like it was the end of the road of for Fakers right-hand man. While the jungle talent in South Korea was getting better by the day mechanically, Bengis development had halted. He reached the peak of his individual abilities, which werent high enough to keep running next to Faker.Before anyone could write a eulogy for Bengi, however, he returned at the end of the year in full force. Tom, who appeared to be on the path to becoming the new SKT T1 jungler, was usurped by the tortoise of the jungle. Where Tom lacked in experience and jungle know-how was where Bengi stood out, being able to trace each pixel of the map to know where to attack and help his team through map vision. Beyond his comfort in the jungle, it was his chemistry, the strong partnership he and Faker had built over the years, that couldnt be instantly duplicated with a faster, more technically sound replacement.The 2015 year ended as it did in 2013: Faker and Bengi, smiling together with the Summoners Cup in their grasp, thousands of cameras flashing to take a picture of the champions. A majority were probably directed at Faker, wanting to get the perfect shot of the man who surpassed all others and was the face of the professional scene. But, truth to be told, to see the entire picture, the whole scope of who Lee Sang-hyeok truly is as a pro-gamer, you have to unzoom your camera to see Bengi beside him, where he has stood for the prodigys entire career in and outside of the game.But the duos glory days seem to be waning. Faker is not as dominant as he once was, and Bengi is benched. Although there are those who still rate Faker as the best currently in the world -- and thats fair, hes the greatest of all time and its not like hes had a bad year -- another has exceeded him in terms of team and individual accolades.dddddddddddd Song Smeb Kyung-ho and the ROX Tigers recently got over the hump of being perennial runners-up by winning the 2016 summer split of League Champions Korea. The days of the 2015 Summoners Cup Finals, where the Tigers were the plucky, were-best-friends-and-nothing-can-stop-us underdog and T1 were the undefeated Goliath, are fading into the distance. Back then, the story didnt end well for the power of friendship, and it was the undeniable connection of Faker and Bengi in the middle lane that won the series and championship.Heading into this years world championships, though, SKT T1 is at a crossroads. Kang Blank Sun-gu, the talented amateur from solo queue who joined SKT T1 to kick off 2016 and led the team to win the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship Katowice and the Mid-Season Invitational, isnt performing well right now. His inconsistent jungle play was always fixable throughout the course of the year, but there are no more tests or chances to fine-tune. Its the world championships. You perform or your season is over. Should SKT stick with its shiny rookie or turn to Bengi again, like it has in the past?If Bengi gets to play at the worlds -- the team has used him recently in scrimmages -- this could, like its been said the last few years, be his last go-around with Faker. A last autumn for the two players with the most world championships in history. Faker, the crown jewel, and Bengi, the one who has always sworn to protect him. Its nearly impossible to beat Faker with two hands, but when Bengi is at his best, it feels like Faker is playing with a third hand that can reach all barriers of the map.The sidekicks legacyTo say Bengi adds to Fakers greatness might sound like a slight to the best player to ever download the game, but its true. No player in the world knows Fakers tendencies better than the guy who has played with him for over four years at this point, even in the amateur scene before they debuted as pros. When everyone in the world, from the fans to the players on the opposing side, think Faker is going to go left, Bengi knows hes going to the right. Every single time Bengi has been counted out and had the towel thrown in for him, he has returned when Faker has needed him the most.In a year of uncertainty when everyone from the former SK Telecom T1 left or retired, Bengi was there to be Fakers constant on the field. Anytime Faker has shown a weakness, regardless how irregular and slight, Bengi has always been there to shield him. With Bengi, when the two are playing at their best, Faker as the ace and Bengi as his confidant, God is the perfect League of Legends player.So the next time you look at a photo of Faker hoisting the Summoners Cup or raising his arm victoriously in the air, dont look solely at him. Look at the smiling friend next to him, who helped him become the best the world will ever know. Youre not looking at one legend; youre staring at two. ' ' '

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