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    The biggest thing with Parise is he wants to be the unquestioned star. In Pittsburg there is no way he won't be in the shadow of Malkin and Crosby. If he comes to MN he will be the man. So that gives us hope.

    Losing Gui I think makes us that more aggressive for forward help. Even though we have better prospects to call upon in case of injury replacement I still think the Wild will go hard after a Jamie Langenbrunner ( who would also help with Parise), Peter meuller, or maybe even a Shane Doab on a short deal to provide scoring depth.

    Also I think we will be aggressive on the trade market. If we sign Parise plus a Langenbrunner we wont have room for guys like Coyle, Larsson, Zucker, or basically other prospects not named Granlund. I could see us trying to move Cullen, Bouchard, Clutterbuck, or even Setoguichi in that situation. Also if we strike out on Parise I could see us going the trade route to find a scorer rather than taking
    a chance on a Semin or Parenteau.
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    The problem with the pay cuts you are asking Parise to take Tg to go to Pitt is that Parise and all athletes know they need to bank money now because by the time their 45 they wont have a job (Unless your Chelios). Why would he want to take 7-7.5 from Pitt and play third fiddle when he could come here make 8.5+ and be an absolute star and face of this franchise? Yes Pitt is closer to a cup, but lets be honest their D was absolutely horrendous I dare to say all year not just in the playoffs. Ive never thought Marc Andre was anything better then a good goalie, Crosby has now had 2 seasons straight of concussion problems, they are extremely thin on the wings and scoring depth so really all they have to bank on is Malkin, Neal, Letang and a semi healthy Crosby. I think our pitch sounds pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pidg88 View Post
    The problem with the pay cuts you are asking Parise to take Tg to go to Pitt is that Parise and all athletes know they need to bank money now because by the time their 45 they wont have a job (Unless your Chelios). Why would he want to take 7-7.5 from Pitt and play third fiddle when he could come here make 8.5+ and be an absolute star and face of this franchise? Yes Pitt is closer to a cup, but lets be honest their D was absolutely horrendous I dare to say all year not just in the playoffs. Ive never thought Marc Andre was anything better then a good goalie, Crosby has now had 2 seasons straight of concussion problems, they are extremely thin on the wings and scoring depth so really all they have to bank on is Malkin, Neal, Letang and a semi healthy Crosby. I think our pitch sounds pretty good.
    Along with making Parise the face of the franchise we are also giving him the opportunity to win not only now but in the years to come, possibly into his 40ty's. With free agency beginning in 10 minutes I don't think Parise will sign this afternoon but he is our goal #1. If we can get Parise onboard then we are going hard after Suter and market to him that we have Parise moving forward with us.

    As for the contract with Backy coming off the books next year we have more than enough money to throw at Parise especially in a front loaded contract that would give us flexibility in the future.

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    As much as I would think a pay cut to come home would be worth it for Parise I just don't see it. The man wants to be paid and be star we just happen to have some intangibles

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    Also it needs to be stated the fine line between promising Parise winning in the future and the potential of us winning in the future. We have some GREAT prospects, but we don't know how they will translate to the NHL. We don't have even AHL numbers as reference so really this year is going to be about finding out what those prospects realistically can do. I think if Parise is looking for money no one will offer him more than the Wild, but if he wants to win right now he has to consider Detroit or Pitt on a lesser contract.
    ]”Goaltending is a normal job, sure. How would you like it in your job if every time you made a small mistake, a red light went on over your desk and 15,000 people stood up and yelled at you.”

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    With Zenon Konopka and Torrey Mitchell signings, Minnesota Wild get their grunts on

    With Zenon Konopka and Torrey Mitchell signings, Minnesota Wild get their grunts on

    The Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils ended up in the Stanley Cup Final for a lot of reasons, but both shared one discernable trait: quality grunts. The lower liners on both teams energized them in the playoffs, proving quality minutes and surprising offense.
    The Minnesota Wild aren't a Stanley Cup contender. Hell, they weren't even a playoff contender by the end of last season.
    But if they're going to get there, it'll be with a combination of elite offensive talent (Mikko Koivu, Dany Heatley, perhaps Zach Parise?) and the kind of grunts they signed today: Zenon Konopka of the Ottawa Senators and Torrey Mitchell of the San Jose Sharks.
    Konopka, 31, is great in the room, tough as nails and is one of the primary investors in an instant wine aerator (seriously). But best of all: He was 58.9 percent on faceoffs, which is far and away better than anything the Wild had in the circle last season.
    Mitchell, 27, brings speed and grit. But he also brings a chip on his shoulder, which is what you like. From the Mercury News:
    Mitchell missed the entire 2008-09 season after fracturing his leg in training camp, then suffering a second injury during a conditioning assignment. He was slow to recover from both and never seemed to quite get back on track after returning.
    "For me, it's behind me," Mitchell said of the injury. "Hopefully that's not part of it, because I feel pretty much back to normal. But that's a good question -- you'd have to ask Doug that."
    According to Michael Russo, Konopka gets a two-year deal worth $925,000 per year and Mitchell gets a three-year deal worth $1.9 million per. Good moves, both of them, for GM Chuck Fletcher.
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    Wild submit offers Minnesota native Parise, coveted defenseman Suter

    Wild submit offers Minnesota native Parise, coveted defenseman Suter

    ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild say they have submitted offers to free-agent stars Zach Parise and Ryan Suter and signed Zenon Konopka and Torrey Mitchell.

    The Wild tweeted the news on Sunday, when the free-agent market opened. General manager Chuck Fletcher and owner Craig Leipold have promised that the Wild planned to be aggressive this summer to try to get the team back to the playoffs after a four-year hiatus.

    Konopka played for Ottawa last season and is a physical player who is a specialist on faceoffs. Mitchell, a left wing, had nine goals and 10 assists for San Jose last season.

    The Wild have more than $19 million in cap room, and were expected to use a big chunk of that to try to lure Parise and Suter to Minnesota.
    Source: CBS Sports

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    On both Parise, and Suter's short list pray for at least one ray:

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    did we ge them yet?

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    I expect that decisions from both of them will come soon, no?

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    I was trying to stay out of this side of the forums to keep from wrenching my gut with hope we land one of the two, but I turned on the "4 letter network" and they closed SportCenter talking about Parise and Suter. Offers submitted, I expect to hear something by midweek if there is any waiting. WILD said they were jumping in with the gloves off, ready to rumble. Let's hope they land some haymakers!!!

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    Here are some thought's about day 1 of FA if anyones interested

    Link: Free Agency Day 1

    Source: blogs.twincities.com

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    On another forum someone said Suter is waiting for Parise to make his decision and the consensus is Parise will announce around 6pm...take that with a grain of salt I have no sources but we might know tonight.

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    Btw if we dont land either...were pretty screwed. Might be stuck paying high dollar for Jiri Hudler and Carle, but we would have to majorly overpay for two players who arent top line guys.

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    i know im nervous for that

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