IF either makes it to free-agency on 7/1, I give the Wild a fighting chance to land one of them....notice I said "if" they make it to free agency. They may both re-signed thereby making this whole discussion moot.
I'm pretty sure Fletcher will make a very competitive offer for each, and I'm certain both of them will give serious consideration to the offers they get. What we don't know is how they will rank their priorities when it comes to making their decision.
It's really useless to try and place a percentage chance on what will happen. None of us know, we can only guess one way or the other.
I believe both make it to free agency, you don't make it this far and not test it. Even if you do decide to resign.
They do have some solid prospects like Tatar,Jurco,Nyquist,Jarnkrok and Smith and the Wings just seem to be great at developing players. Sure they might miss the playoffs for a few seasons without any big FA signings but they will most definetly bounce back.
Originally Posted by State of Hockey
Just a year or two ago I would have absolutely agreed with you. However I believe their current prospect pool is legit and worth the respect its garnering.
So Detroit's pool is legit but Wild's pool is worhty of nothing until they prove it? Or atleast thats what I got from your GMCF criticism.
Considering the question marks surrounding Bouchard, Latendresse, and Koivu...not to mention the underwhelming performances of Cullen and Setoguchi, I don't think we can write off getting Parise at all.
This team, remember, had the worst offensive output of any NHL team in the last TEN YEARS.
Hypothetically, what if we land BOTH Suter and Parise? What if Latendresse AND Bouchard are both 100% healthy?
Yeah, I know, right? Nice dream?
Suddenly, we have a problem... Sure, it would be a nice problem to have, but we have a problem...
Left Wing: Parise, Latendresse, Clutterbuck
Right Wing: Bouchard, Setoguchi, Johnson
LW/RW: Heatley, Kassian, Granlund
C/LW: Cullen, Powe
First, I am throwing out the assumption that Granlund has to play with Koivu. Second, I will also throw out the assumption that Brodziak has to stay at center. Of course, lines change based on chemistry etcetera, but how do you go about arranging that?
I think you have to throw out the idea of 2 skill lines, 1 grinding line and 1 energy line. It would then be time to mix and match skill based on creating multiple scoring threats per line.
The Wild better load up on defense, that's where this team needs a drastic improvement, and there are plenty of quality UFA to go after. If Fletcher swings and misses on Parise, i expect him to look at a forward in trade, not much in FA after him. Can't wait for July 1!