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Ten Years Ago The Minnesota Wild Made A Splash

from Patrick Reusse of the Star Tribune,

Parise and Suter were the top free agents in an offseason that contained few stars. There were headlines on the pursuit of Parise, son of J.P., a North Stars legend, then head of the Shattuck Academy hockey program in Faribault. Suter seemed destined to stay in Nashville.

And then, on July 4, always Minnesota's favorite holiday, even on a Wednesday as it was this time … laziness, friends, family, shooing flies from the potato salad, maybe a ballgame on the radio with that new guy, Cory Provus, joining Dan Gladden.

It wasn't a day for ice-shattering sports news, but then came the reports before noon: The Wild had reached deals with Suter and Parise for the same money ($98 million) and length (13 years).

Minnesota went nuts. Even Ron Gardenhire and Joe Mauer were celebrating with the Twins in Detroit. They had done videos at the behest of the Wild, telling Suter and Parise they would "look great in green."

Revised history has it that the 13-year contracts were a burden. Actually, the length was a benefit to the Wild to spread out the dollars.

Revised history also says the Parise/Suter signings were a failure because the promise of a Stanley Cup run was never met. There was no such promise. The signings were done to compete again and prevent echoes in the X.

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And this worked out well…

Posted by mrfluffy from the phone, calling Detroit, telling them it's on 07/04/22 at 02:59 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Revised history also says the Parise/Suter signings were a failure because the promise of a Stanley Cup run was never met. There was no such promise. The signings were done to compete again and prevent echoes in the X.

That’s not entirely true, and is some revisionist history.  At the time Leipold stated in an open letter to fans that he felt a rebuild/retooling was underway to compete for playoffs and that Suter and Parise then represented further “acceleration”.  He was thinking more than just making the playoffs.

At any rate, wow what a wreck it all turned out to be for them and ow they’re in cap hell.

Posted by Primis on 07/04/22 at 03:03 PM ET

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It’s actually impressive in a way Guerin was willing
to move on so decisively from those contracts
in order to reshape the team. But coming at the same
time as a really flat cap, it’s definitely constraining
what they can do. Almost 13M this coming season
almost 15M million of dead cap the next seasons is unheard of.

They may be able to make the playoffs if not seriously contend.
Not sure they’ll have the right mix or their best veterans will still
be as effective when they can finally spend again.

Posted by lefty.30 on 07/04/22 at 04:07 PM ET

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Glad it never worked out for them. LOL

Posted by bigfrog on 07/04/22 at 07:56 PM ET

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