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Morning Line

Dany Heatley for Marian Hossa trades don’t happen everyday in the NHL. Stars aligned a few years back and Atlanta and Ottawa was able to make a star for star trade.

That likely won’t happen here if Gaborik is dealt. Sure, the Wild could likely get a strong package of players/picks back, but you’re not going to get fair value back — at least for the short-term.

Gaborik will have his choice to play most anyplace he wants next season, and he knows that. To get him to forgo that opportunity, the Wild will have to pay him, and probably overpay him. Most teams can afford to pay Gaborik $9-10 million on a long-term deal next summer.

-Michael Russo at Russo’s Rants

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Gaborik A Tough Read

from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

Gaborik’s appetite for staying in Minnesota has been hard to read. Never what you would call emotional, he nonetheless appears indifferent, saying repeatedly he is “willing to stay.” Although the sides are negotiating, it’s frankly hard for the layman to understand the holdup.

The bottom line is the Wild have offered the right winger a long-term contract that would make him one of the highest-paid players in the NHL, with an average salary in the $8.5 million range. And the seven-year, $57.75 deal signed Thursday by Carolina’s Eric Staal — whose potential and career trajectory is similar — seems to fortify this as a reasonable offer.

So, if Gaborik were completely sold on the Wild, wouldn’t he have signed by now?

“That’s why this is scary,” Nanne said, “because it’s not a money issue.”

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Gaborik Talks

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

“I have one year left on my contract. That’s all I’m thinking about. I’m going to leave everything out there, work hard and enjoy it. And I’m going to try the best I can to help the team win this year like I’ve done always.”

Told that sounds like he has decided to play out the final year of his contract and leave as a free agent, Gaborik said, “I’m not saying I’m leaving. I’m not saying I’m staying. I’m saying I have one year left on my contract. I’m leaving it up to the Wild and my agent to discuss it. But I want to be left out of it.

“I like it here. Of course, it’s been great times and experiences here. But I still have one more year on my contract. I want to be respected that I still have one year left, and I want to just focus on this year and just try to play the best I can. That’s how it is. I don’t want to think about my contract right now, and I don’t want to be put in a position where I have to talk about it.”

more and read Russo’s Rants for more on Gaborik.

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Love The Wild?

from HockeyJobs.NHL.com,

Summary: Represent the Minnesota Wild as the new team mascot at community relations, corporate, and marketing events and appearances

Responsibilities:

* Maintain appearance schedule working with community relations, corporate and marketing contacts with the Minnesota Wild organization
* Represent Minnesota Wild in mascot costume attending all scheduled appearances, events or programs

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More Premium Pricing

via Russo’s Rants,

Single-game ticket prices will range from $24.00 to $98.00 and Premium game ticket prices will range from $29.00 to $118.00 (Facility fee and Ticketmaster charges not included).

The following 12 contests will feature Premium pricing for the 2008-09 season: Oct. 11 vs. Boston, Oct. 30 vs. Montreal, Nov. 26 vs. Dallas, Nov. 28 vs. Tampa Bay, Dec. 19 vs. N.Y. Islanders, Jan. 3 vs. Detroit, Jan. 17 vs. Anaheim, Jan. 27 vs. Toronto, Feb. 14 vs. Ottawa, Feb. 21 vs. Detroit, March 17 vs. Colorado and April 10 vs. Nashville.

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Evening Line

Risebrough says he has not had any trade conversations regarding Gaborik and has not gotten any calls from other GM’s (which I find hard to believe on the latter). He says he’s only concentrating on signing Gaborik before the Oct. 11 opener.

He wouldn’t answer hypotheticals when asked if he feels he’d have to trade Gaborik before the season if the winger makes it clear he won’t sign an extension.

Risebrough said he doesn’t plan to respond to any trade rumors during this process. “A lot of people on your side are fiction writers, and I’m not dealing with all the fiction writers. So the best thing is not to deal with any of [the rumors].”

more at Russo’s Rants

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Afternoon Line

Marian Gaborik’s agent, Ron Salcer (via the Pioneer Press):

“I can tell you that no decision (about free agency) has been made, and that he’s not even thinking about it. He’s focused on coming in and having a great season. If you start talking about next year, I think you’re getting ahead of yourself.

“We’re not going to deny anything the Wild wants to explore. We’re certainly willing to listen, but at this point it’s a hypothetical because I haven’t heard from them.”

Gaborik did meet with Wild management yesterday, but there was no discussion of an extension according to Salcer today.

“I can only say the Wild went to speak to him and were very respectful and shared information with him, about himself and the organization, and their vision.  I think it was a very intelligent move on their behalf to involve him, but we don’t have any set plans (to talk).”

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Wild & Gaborik Talk

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Marian Gaborik doesn’t need to play in another city to be among the top scorers in the NHL.

That was the message Wild management delivered to Gaborik during a four-hour dinner meeting last week in Trencin, Slovakia—the first step in a journey the Wild hopes ends in a long-term extension to Gaborik’s contract before next season….

“We showed him a lot more info than any player has ever seen before—how we scout, how we measure players statistically,” Lynn said. “We also listened to his opinions.

“We just talked about the team, how we operate and where we are going, and then his performance and place in the future. So I would say it was a good meeting in that (a) it happened, and (b) Marian had good input, observations and understanding.”

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I do hope you are not falling for all of the Gaborik trade talk these days.  Just a little bit of advice, it is all made up, trying to attract people to visit a website, you know, for the ‘hits’.

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Mark Parrish- Plan B Option

from Russo’s Rants,

I talked to a reporter from the Team 1040 in Vancouver today, and agent John Vollan confirmed to him that the Canucks have shown interest.

Parrish just has to stay patient. Remember, two of the teams interested in him have other things pending and he’s Plan B. In other words, if Mats Sundin turns down Vancouver’s reported $10 million-a-year offer or simply retires, Parrish will get an offer. If Radulov indeed does not return to the Predators, Parrish will likely receive an offer from Craig Leipold’s old team.

read on for some Gaborik talk…

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All About Craig Leipold

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

... And if you ever run into the man with a hockey mullet and infectious laugh, he’s as approachable as a miniature bichon.

“This is a big business guy who runs in big political circles, but he walks with kings with the touch of a common man,” said close friend Joe Sweeney, an investment banker who used to be marketing agent for Brett Favre, LeRoy Butler, Barry Alvarez and Robin Yount, among others. “Craig is as down to earth as anybody I’ve ever met.

“The greatest thing I can say about Craig Leipold is he’s got 100 best friends. He’s so busy. He’s got five kids, a wonderful, successful wife, tons of business ventures, yet he’s there for so many people, a hundred people call Craig Leipold their best friend.”

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