Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/29/12 at 09:00 PM ET
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
As Holland says, the Red Wings can’t sell climate, anonymity, or a state-of-the-art facility to players. Their pitch revolves strictly around the hockey-playing experience.
With Nicklas Lidstrom now retired, the Red Wings have the need, the will and the cash (roughly $20-million in available salary-cap space) to land one or both of Parise and Suter.
If they succeed, they can remain part of the NHL elite for another half-generation. If they fail, there’s a chance they could drift back to the pack.
Pittsburgh is similarly positioned in the U.S. Rust Belt, but the Penguins have the extra attraction of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang, all approaching their primes, to help coax free agents into the fold.
Crosby and Parise developed a friendship when they were in their teens. (Crosby played a season for Parise’s father, J.P., at Shattuck-St. Mary’s, a U.S. high-school.)
For some players, the chance to win; the chance to play with other great players; or simply the chance to play with old friends or teammates, all become factors in the decision-making process when the cash is going to be limitless anyway.
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