Minnesota has loaded their collective pistol and are now ready for war. The signings of Parise and Suter have bolstered the Wild’s offense and blueline all in one shot. Parise, Koivo and Heatley will now headline the Wild’s new look offense. They should prove to be a powerful trio and tough for opposing coaches to game plan for. Meanwhile Suter joins Stoner and Gilbert on the Minny blueline. He seriously upgrades the Wild D. On paper the Wild are a lot stronger, but it takes more then a perfect roster on paper to win it all so these moves are no guarantee that Lord Stanley will be paraded around Minnesota. Minnesota’s front office did a nice job though and I love to see these players going to a hockey city rather then ending up in Florida playing puck in front 60 people every night. I’m sure Minnesota exploded when the news came down. The Flyers did offer more money then Minnesota also so I also like to see that priorities were in effect here in these players decisions. Parise is from Minny so he’s just going home (you can call it the opposite Lebron). Suter may play great, but he did say he didn’t want to play for teams in the East because of the heavy media and fan scrutiny present in these cities. Well Ryan Minny loves the puck game as much as any team in the East so prepare for people to actually watch every single game and have a comment on it.
As for what this means for the Flyers it’s not really great news. I didn’t, and I don’t believe the Flyers did either, think that they were really going to lure either of them to the city of brotherly love. The problem I have with this is that while the Flyers sat and waited for a decision that they figured would not go their way they could have been going after other free agents like Garrison or Carle. They should have went after the players they were more likely to sign rather than waiting in line to get rejected. They have some pressing needs they need to take care of and now prices just skyrocketed on every remaining free agent. Carle just signed in Tampa for 6 years $5.5 million per year cap hit. We could have had that done by yesterday if we wanted to get in on it instead of wasting our time on the big guns on the market. It’s not panic time for the Flyers, but it will be very interesting to see their moves from here on out. Homer is going to need to get creative.
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