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The Minnesota Wild Wanted Zach Parise And Ryan Suter Gone

from Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune,

The Wild dumped Zach Parise and Ryan Suter so two other players could be protected in the expansion draft? True.

The Wild dumped the former franchise players because the team wanted to clear salary cap space for the upcoming season? Sure.

The Wild cut two players with four years remaining on their contracts because the players' performances had declined? OK.

Wild General Manager Bill Guerin wants to build a team led by the players he most values, and not those with the longest contracts? Sounds about right.

Guerin admitted or hinted at all of the above on Tuesday afternoon. He even praised Suter and Parise for their contributions. But let's not make this the State of Hokey.

For the Wild to make this move, to ditch two still-valuable players while the team's stated intention is to win as much and as soon as possible, team management really got sick of these guys.

Guerin probably offered to pack their bags, then drive them over the state line. Any state line. Even Alaska's.


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TreKronor's avatar

Some interesting nuggets in that article.  It doesn’t surprise me given how they acted when they became UFAs (particularly Parise).

In their first few years with the Wild, Parise was known for asking for the team to practice in Minneapolis, closer to his home, which drove the coaching staff crazy, and Suter was known for lobbying Leipold, a move that would backfire in any company.

Former Wild coach Bruce Boudreau would roll his eyes and mutter when reporters relayed Parise’s latest complaint.

Guerin remained diplomatic throughout his news conference. He would gain nothing from complaining publicly about players after releasing them. Sometimes, you have to listen to what is not said.

Guerin praised their “contributions” and their careers.

He never praised their character or leadership.

He never said he would miss them.

Guerin was known as a terrific NHL teammate.

He knows one when he doesn’t see one.

Posted by TreKronor on 07/14/21 at 08:53 AM ET


I’m really impressed he wanted to move practices away from the home rink to bed closer to home. 20 miles away. What an extremely entitled joke.

Posted by teldar on 07/14/21 at 10:26 AM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Sometimes it’s just easier to rip the band-aid off quickly all at once. A lesson that a former Wings GM could have learned as bout 5 years ago…...

Posted by Down River Dan on 07/14/21 at 12:42 PM ET

d ca's avatar

Sometimes it’s just easier to rip the band-aid off quickly all at once. A lesson that a former Wings GM could have learned as bout 5 years ago…...

Posted by Down River Dan on 07/14/21 at 01:42 PM ET

True. But don’t let ownership off that hook…there was a playoff tradition mandate. And we say what happened to DD when he traded away the Tigers stars when they actually should have from the same ownership group.

That said I think these decisions came down to clearing cap space for Kirill Kaprizov and protecting Matt Dumba and Jordan Greenway (by being able to go 7-3-1 instead of 8 F/D to protect Dumba). Not all these gripes about superstars wanting it their way.

Posted by d ca on 07/14/21 at 04:01 PM ET

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