Maybe Croyle will surprise though too?
Once Detroit focused on Sutter it came down to turning down a lot of money or coming to Minnesota. It will be a big mistake on the Wild's part paying him 10 million a year for the rest of his career, but it's looking like the Wild have this wrapped up, unless a team can move some salary.
Brodin and Coyle are the key prospects to look at, if they both pan out the Wild are a contender in 2 years with or without Parise, if not they hover around the last playoff spot until an elite player (on top of Granlund) is added.
This team should sniff the playoffs, but it still needs quite a bit more scoring help.
Don't underestimate how much an extra play maker does for the goal scorers on the roster. If Koivu misses 15 games the first line still gets to play with Granlund, and he improves the 2nd line. It doesn't take the addition of a 30 goal scorer to add 30 goals if a few guys step up. Plus if Parise goes elsewhere I see the Wild adding someone who can put the puck in the net probably through a trade, there not going to be so bold on Parise only to sit on our prospects. Hackett Zucker and a 1st gets you very close to Nash, it will take more but losing those 3 pieces won't dissapoint the fans at all.
And again, who will this play maker be setting up?
as a Wild hater I totally hope they sign Parise to a huge deal and mess up their cap
The goals have to come, will come from, Heatley an Setoguchi. The question is, will they come in pre 2010 like bunches? If one goes 25+ and the other goes 30+, that should go a long way. If not, theyre in the same situation as last year - and what seems to be every year watching the Wild.
Minnesota will get 6 million off the books next year with Backstrom alone. Cullen will be soon to follow with another 3.5 million. By the time the Wild make a major run, Hetley's 8 million might be off the books as well.
I don't even think Parise is the right fit for the Wild, but when someone talks as if they know hockey so well only to comes across as a dolt, I feel the need to laugh. Congrats if your Pens get Parise, I would rather have Malkin.
According to Brian Lawton Ryan Suter will sign with the Wild which means about 95% chance of Parise as well
We got em both!!!!!
Quite the free agent coup for the Wild. Exciting day for the team and the fans.
I wonder if there is anybody in the Twins front office watching and taking notes. This is how you excite a fanbase.
Dave St Peter is counting down the days until the winter classic January 1 2014
My guess - the Wild just sold out their building for the season.
You think any of the Wild's prospects have a chance to be a Neal, Malkin, or Crosby? They do have an impressive crop of prospects, but they aren't NHL superstars. All three of those guys are. In the end, they didn't get Parise, so the point is moot. But again, the Penguins are going to be on top in the East as long as they have Malkin and Crosby. And I'd be willing to bet that they will make a run at the cup every year of Crosby's new contract. Time will tell. -I'm not a Penguins fan, and who the **** calls someone a dolt?
13 years 98 million for each player........ Wow. Anyone know how much the Wild get if they host a Winter Classic? Seems to be one of the bigger goals for Leipold.