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A Look At The Contracts For Zach Parise And Ryan Suter

from Sarah McLellan of the Star Tribune,

At the time of negotiations, there was no stipulation in the collective bargaining agreement that limited the length of contracts. But after the league rejected a whopping 17-year, $102 million deal between Ilya Kovalchuk and the Devils in 2010, the NHL and NHL Players Association agreed that the cap hit for any contract longer than five years would be recalculated once a player turned 41 during that deal.

That influenced Suter and Parise, essentially capping them at a 13-year commitment since they’d each be 40 years old in the final season of those contracts.

“There’s a lot of variables that can happen in 13 years,” Wild owner Craig Leipold said. “But that was the risk we were willing to take in order to get those two players.”...

“We also felt that a provision implementing term limits on contracts was a reasonable and responsible ‘allocation tool’ within the overall Cap system,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an email, “which hopefully would operate to better ensure that the overall pool of dollars available for Player compensation in any given year was being distributed in a fair and equitable way."


The cap hit for each is a little over $7.5M through the 2024-25 season.

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Paul Fenton Named GM Of The Minnesota Wild

SAINT PAUL -- Minnesota Wild Owner Craig Leipold today announced the hiring of Paul Fenton to a multi-year contract as the team's General Manager and Alternate Governor. He will oversee the Wild's hockey operations department including all matters relating to player personnel, coaching staff, scouting department and minor league operations.

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Morning Line- Craig Leipold

“The expansion to the South and the West has worked, without a doubt. To see Tampa as a tremendous hockey market, to see Nashville, the success with Anaheim, San Jose, and now Las Vegas.

“Revenues are up. TV ratings are better. I think the NHL is in great shape. I mean, Vegas — I’m a little jealous, for sure — but how does it get better for the NHL than what’s happening there?

“You can’t get a ticket for hockey in Vegas. Amazing.’’

-Craig Leipold, owner of the Minnesota Wild.  Patrick Reusse of the Star Tribune has more on the Gary Bettman expansion era.

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Issues Facing The Minnesota Wild

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Now the new GM (candidates still being vetted) has to find a way to build a new, successful model, while saddled with the combined $15 million cap hit of two high-profile players entering their middle 30s with a combined 1,863 games. No easy task, though the new guy at least is not walking into a minefield of high-profile UFAs who must be signed or lost to the open market.

But with both Parise and Suter protected by no-movement clauses, along with captain Mikko Koivu, 35, it looks as though a roster overhaul will take years rather than months. If asked, one or more could be willing to pack up, and Parise and Suter no doubt would have suitors, provided Minnesota were to make sizable accommodations (draft picks, salary share) to soften the seven more seasons (each) at $7.5 million remaining on those deals.

“We shot for the moon,” Fletcher said when the franchise landed Parise and Suter. Six years later, with virtually no postseason success to show for it, those signings in large part jettisoned Fletcher.

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GM Chuck Fletcher Done In Minnesota

SAINT PAUL -- Minnesota Wild Owner, Craig Leipold, today announced the organization will not renew the contract of Executive Vice President and General Manager Chuck Fletcher.

"I want to thank Chuck Fletcher for his substantial contributions to our franchise over the past nine years," said Leipold. "Through his strong work ethic, integrity and vision, Chuck and his staff built a winning culture and a perennial playoff team. For all of that I am grateful. I feel it is time for a new approach aimed at delivering a Stanley Cup to the deserving fans of the State of Hockey. I wish Chuck and his family the very best going forward."

The search for a new General Manager will begin immediately. Until a replacement is found, Brent Flahr, Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations will serve as acting general manager.

added 4:50pm, Watch Craig Leipold meet with the media below...

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Changes Needed For The Minnesota Wild

from Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune,

The Wild has appeared in the playoffs six consecutive seasons, one of only three NHL teams that can claim that accomplishment. Those six appearances also ended with quick exits.

Wild owner Craig Leipold must decide if he’s content with regular-season consistency or fed up with playoff flops. This feels like a crossroads moment for Leipold and his organization.

Frustration is boiling within his fan base. Leipold has two choices: Stay the course and hope things will be different next season, or make major changes in management and/or roster construction, to the extent that salary cap and contract restrictions allow for it.

Certain facts are indisputable. A team needs 16 wins in the postseason to hoist the Stanley Cup. The Wild has 15 playoff wins total since Leipold committed $196 million to sign Zach Parise and Ryan Suter in July 2012.

So 15 wins in eight playoff series combined covering those six postseason appearances.

That’s not close to winning a championship.


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The Minnesota Wild Had No Answers For The Winnipeg Jets

from Sarah McLellan of the Star Tribune,

This incarnation of the Wild will be remembered for its resilience, as it had a knack for rebounding when adversity — from injuries, inconsistency and inexperience – threatened to undermine it.

And while that plucky perseverance headlined its pursuits in 2017-18, it wasn’t the last impression made by the group.

The Wild was crushed by the Jets 5-0 in Game 5 Friday in front of 15,321 at Bell MTS Place, ending its season while Winnipeg moved on to the second round after cruising to a 4-1 series win — the franchise’s first — in the best-of-seven set.

“It’s really disappointing,” center Matt Cullen said. “I don’t think that’s indicative of the kind of team that we have.”

This wasn’t an unexpected result.


Catch the handshake line below...

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The Minnesota Wild Face Elimination After A Tough Loss To The Winnipeg Jets

from Sarah McLellan of the Star Tribune,

This first-round series between the Wild and Jets was expected to be physical, and the action so far has lived up to that billing.

But the tension on the ice escalated to a new level Tuesday, with center Eric Staal absorbing a cross-check to the neck from Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey – a sequence that went unpenalized, a tough break for the Wild that ended up as a crucial turning point in an eventual 2-0 loss that pushes the team to the edge of elimination with the Jets ahead in the best-of-seven tilt 3-1.

"It cost us the game," coach Bruce Boudreau said.

During a Wild power play in the first period, Staal was cross-checked by Morrissey in the middle of the slot. He fell to the ice and struggled to get up before heading for the bench.

There was no penalty called.

“He apologized,” Staal said of the official. “I’m not looking for an apology. I’m in the middle of the game. Why would I want an apology? It’s frustrating. It is what it is. Tough. I’m all for playing hard. I love it. It’s part of the game, but that wasn’t a good play. We have to find a way anyway. I had enough looks to get a goal and to get it tied up. It didn’t happen so it’s not a good feeling.”


If you missed the cross-check, watch it below along with the game highlights.

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Video- Nasty Cross-Check To Eric Staal’s Head

No penalty call on Josh Morrissey.



added 10:17pm, Watch HNIC version below.

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