Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 06/28/12 at 03:14 AM ET
It’s not often I admit to agreeing with our Diggers, but Teddy Kulfan isn’t wrong with this one.
The money-grab for Parise and Suter just got a little richer.
On Wednesday, the Flames acquired negotiating rights to defenseman Dennis Wideman and promptly signed him to a five-year contract worth $26.25 million (cap hit: $5.25 million).
Wideman had 46 points (11 goals) last season for the Capitals and was minus-8. He played a lot on the thirddefensive pairing for the Capitals.
So if Wideman is worth $5 million, then Suter and Parise should command double that.
If Parise and Suter both leave their comfy homes (where neither one will win a Cup), I think we’re looking at 10 million apiece. Unfortunately, we need more than just those two. Our Diggers tell us we sit at 20 million (when you discount the 4 all the smart kids say we absolutely must pay to re-sign Home Keys and Former Dive Kyle Quincey).
Tick Tock is going to have to go all in for one or the other, and neither deal looks like it’s going to happen on 1 July because each of them seem intent on giving the Devils and Bubba last chance at matching.
If that’s the case, how does Holland wait for both and very possibly miss out on the fewer and fewer plan B options (Semin, Garrison, Doan)? These are all questions we’ve all been asking but there’s just no good answer.
He’s got to go all in for one. He’s got to devote big-time 1 July effort to a plan b and hold back 10 million for…
...Suter. As much as I want Parise on this team because he just seems like he has that Wing character, it’s Suter we really need. It’s Suter because it’s the blue line that is so desperately hurting right now. If we miss out on Parise but get Semin, scoring will at least increase from what we had this season. But if we lose Suter, and the others sign elsewhere, and we’re stuck with a Former Dive, a Big E, etc…that spells big, big trouble.
But…I still think there is a chance that Holland’s Schultz declaration yesterday was a very strategic smoke screen. He had to know this kid was heading to Canada, way western Canada, but he threw it out there anyway that Detroit was interested. It’s just so unlike our Tick Tock to make a move like that.
And while I think that signing both Parise and Suter is becoming more and more of a sick fantasy, there’s still something nagging at me.
A grand plan? Maybe. 60-plus. That’s how many of Parise’s games Mark Howe scouted the last two years. The Wings want this kid badly. But while they want Parise, it’s Suter they need.
Kenny’s Critical Days of Summer and a Grand Plan to bring them both to Hockeytown. It’s not impossible, just less likely then it was a month ago.
Our bottom line has shifted though, and you know it has. Our definition of a failure last month would have been not signing both. Now? Ultimate failure—and this is absolute worst case—is waiting to get both or even one, but missing out and sitting around on 3 July with 20 million left to spend, all the plan B’s packing up and moving to bad places.
Both is what we want, but Suter. Boy, Suter is what we really need.
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