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03-07-2012, 08:20 AM
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I can't see how the second half of this season could have any meaningful effect upon a premier free agent's decision for or against playing here. Sure, a playoff run might have helped things a little, but this isn't hurting things. The fact is, any premier player would be signing for decently long term. How many of our current roster players will actually be here in 3 years? Koivu, Hackett, Scandella...anyone else?
I don't expect Parise to sign with us, but we shouldn't act like it's because of our poor play since December.
And like someone said before free agents aren't dumb. They aren't going to look at how a team ended up in the standings at the end of the year and think that is their potential for the next 5-10 years. If you're a GM you lay down your plans for the team in the terms you wish to sell to the free agent. In Parise's case that is obviously coming home and the fact that this system is his playstyle. Not to mention he would be the cornerstone and most legitimate scoring threat moving forward.
If anything this year is helping us by getting a good draft pick that only helps our future plans.
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