Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/07/12 at 10:09 PM ET
from Michael Russo of t Star Tribune,
Two simple signatures on July 4th reshaped an organization in search of an identity.
But it wasn’t simple to get those pens into the hands of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.
Seventy-two hours might not seem like a long time, but when you are the Minnesota Wild and you have invested hard work and hope into landing two of the most targeted free agents in NHL history while competing against powerhouse teams such as Pittsburgh, Detroit, Philadelphia and Chicago for those players, 72 hours felt like 72 days.
There was anxiety. There were sleepless nights. There were times when they lost hope.
“The first two days were extremely stressful,” General Manager Chuck Fletcher said. “I remember thinking well into July 2, ‘We’re out, we’re done, we’re dead in the water, we’ve got to make a trade.’ I didn’t have any feeling that we were a favorite or on the map. I felt we weren’t there.
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