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by IwoCPO on 06/01/12 at 01:30 PM ET
No, I’m not going to do this every day. But I am interested in seeing how long it will take for the rest of us to transition from tear-soaked to a 12 in ‘13 mentality. Kenny’s 30 Critical Days of Summer starts in exactly one month and I plan to spend most of it stressing about how hard I’ll vomit if we don’t get What We’re Owed.
That’s a lot of money to throw at people who I want to be Detroit Red Wings. A lot of frigging money, sister. Let’s spend some, eh?
8 million per year for 7 years for one Ryan Suter.
8 million per year for 7 years for one Zach Parise.
4 million per year for 2 years for one Josh Harding.
5 million per year for 4 years for Justin Schultz
That’s 25 million. See? I didn’t spend it all, Dad.
Oh, but if I wanted to?
Teams are also permitted to spend 10 per cent more than the cap during the off-season, meaning a really ambitious GM could spend $77.3-million or so before having to get under the eventual cap on the final day of training camp.
Hell, throw a Penner in there if you want. As long as Parise’s there too.
Because here’s the thing. I understand that Suter and Parise may re-sign with Bubba and Jersey. I get that and while it would be disappointing, it wouldn’t make me angry. Loyalty’s cool. Yesterday should have underscored that. But if they choose to leave?
“Twenty-nine other teams have got the same desire that we’ve got.”
That’s Kenny Holland, and no shits will be given about the other 29 teams. None. A statement like that is doing nothing but setting the stage for something like this on July 5th: “The price was too high. We couldn’t match what Chicago/San Jose/Pittsburgh/whoever was offering. 9 million was too high.”
No it’s not. You’re Ken Holland and you make it work. Suter and Parise are, allegedly, BFFs. Hello….package deal. Package fuching deal, Kenny.
Here’s what you do when you’re the GM of the Detroit Red Wings and you have holes to fill, money to spend and one month to prepare for it: whatever the hell it takes.
SUTER SUTER SUTER leaves Nashville, he’d better land in Detroit. If Parise leaves Jersey, he’d better land in Detroit. If either of them sign elsewhere, Ken Holland failed.
Holland can’t comment on potential free-agent targets, but it’s no secret that Nashville Predators star Ryan Suter is at the top of their wish list for July 1.
After Suter, the free-agent pool for defensemen thins considerably. Alternatives include Dennis Wideman (Washington), Jason Garrison (Florida), Matt Carle (Philadelphia) Filip Kuba (Ottawa), Barret Jackman (St. Louis) and potential college free agent Justin Schultz.
If I see a signing of any one of those instead of Suter, I’m throwing a tantrum like you’ve never seen. It will be embarrassing for a 43-year-old military professional to act the way I’ll act, but I’ll do it. Yes, we want Schultz, but not INSTEAD of Suter. In tandem with Suter. Get it?
All of it. All of them. Everyone we want. It’s all we’re asking for Kenny. Suter, Parise, Schultz. And a backup goalie. Josh Harding will do.
And don’t act all victimized about it Kenny. You set the bar a long time ago. Money to burn. Holes to fill. Cups to win. Back to business. Tick Frigging Tock.
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