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by Paul on 06/24/12 at 09:21 PM ET
from Ben Goessling of the Pioneer Press,
It will start on Sunday, July 1, when a crowded field of suitors can officially begin chasing New Jersey Devils forward Zach Parise and Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter—the two biggest prizes on the free-agent market and two players who could do nothing less than change the Wild’s future should they wind up in St. Paul.
Making that happen would require a convincing sales pitch, a little luck and lots and lots of cash. The Wild have the third one. They’ll soon see if they have the first two.
“You can’t control what happens on July 1,” general manager Chuck Fletcher said Sunday. “You can have your list. You can have your game plan. You can do a great job with presenting your situation. But the players have earned the right on July 1 to choose where they want to go.”
If the NHL salary cap stays the same as it was last year, the Wild will have almost $20 million to spend—and people close to the situation have said since the end of the season that the team plans to do everything it can to land Parise (who grew up in the Twin Cities) and Suter (a Madison, Wis. native whose wife is from Bloomington).
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