Seems like Canuck's era of cruise control for division title is slowly coming to an end with every other intra-divisional team getting some sizeable upgrades. (Not that they won't have a chance for the five-peat, but they will really have to earn it this year)
Congrats to the Wild. Happy to see them get better and in a position to compete. Yeah, they probably overpaid a bit and had to give longer contracts than comfortable, but that is the price of trying to lure big UFAs to a team that is not doing well. They now have something to build around and could be a real threat in a few years.
Not necessarily his fault, but you can't just come out and say that signing him to that huge deal didn't have some sort of impact on the Devils not being able to retain him. How much of an impact, I honestly couldn't tell you, nor will I speculate over it.
I said that the Devils would lose Parise when they signed Kovalchuk to that deal.
I got laughed at.
because your reasoning is flawed. I ate a bagel today. The earth is going to end. Take something of certainty and pair it with something with high probability and imagine there's a causal relationship
Kovalchuk is making 86* million over the next 13 years. Parise is making 98. How's that Kovalchuk's fault that Parise priced himself out?
Regardless of what people think, this is the best contract Parise (and Suter) got. There really was not gimmick that Chuck Fletcher told Parise and Suter. We know there's no "come to the Wild to win cup speech". This is about the Wild showing the biggest cheque of anyone in term of dollar amount and upfront payment/guarantee probably for this year in case of lock out. That's it
Gotta say ownership has the balls to give the green light though
Supposedly philly's offer was the largest total value...who knows about the structure though. I bet they got comparable offers from a few teams bug picked Minnie for other reasons.
With Parise, Setoguchi, and likely now Mikael Granlund on the way...the Wild could be dangerous for years to come. The lesson in all of this, however...blood lines sometimes do run deep. Mikko Koivu may be the captain, but Zach Parise - a Minnesota native and whose father once captained the North Stars - is now the face of Minnesota hockey.
It's risky to sign such lengthy deals but the Wild have never splurged before, much to their fanbase's chagrin. So it was about time. Hopefully they don't have a repeat of Drury/Gomez but these two are not nearly as overpaid and are in their prime. The Wild won't be winning the Cup next year IMO but their ability to make the playoffs just shot up two-fold. Remember, UFA signings are probably one of the least important components to building a championship team. It's sometimes just beefing up what you already have and if the Wild are going to be contenders it'll be done with prospect development. And the good newss is they've got a boatload of promising players on the way. So things are finally looking up for the Wild and good thing too. This is a franchise and fanbase that deserves some major success.
After winning the Cup, the whole Kovalchuk thing doesn't sting anymore; however, this couldn't have worked out better for those Kings fans that still hate the guy.
It was obvious at the time that he made the wrong hockey decision and now he's basically back in Atlanta. It was all about the money and I hope NJ fans realize that now.
Back on topic, this is great for the Wild and for its fans. NW has been a joke so it's nice to see Vancouver have to play some tough games within the division. I'm not worried as a Kings fan though as any team with Heatley on it will never win the Cup but as a season seat holder, I'm happy that the two games against the Wild will be better watch.
Congrats Wild fans. You have to love when management goes all in like this.
Also, so awesome they didn't go to Detroit or Pittsburgh. Nice cap-clearing there Pittsburgh.