If Parise leaves New Jersey, Wild will pursue

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 14, 2012 - 6:24 AM

 The Minneapolis native would prefer to re-sign with New Jersey, but if not, a free-agent frenzy would begin.

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wildforlifeJun. 14, 12 2:00 AM

If the Wild can land Suter I could care less about Parise. Suter is our bigger need right now.

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bamm_bamm75Jun. 14, 12 6:50 AM

"If Parise leaves New Jersey, Wild will pursue". Well, duh. And, wildforlife, I understand you point but this team can't sustain with a goals per game average of what 2.5.

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mgalaforetJun. 14, 12 7:19 AM

Declining statistics. Did not step-up in the finals. Very poor plus-minus in the playoffs. Small-ish. Already one major injury to keep him out essentially a whole season. I sincerely hope he gets his $8-$9MM contract. But I hope after he gets that contract, Fletcher comes out and says the Wild made a fair offer, but Parise went elsewhere. Not worth it.

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wdntyouknwJun. 14, 12 7:48 AM

mgala, Parise did step up in the finals, but the Devils were outmatched by a superior team. Parise is a beast on the penalty kill, does not play small, and despite the one injury (to his knee) has played 82 or 81 games every NHL season. I think 9 million is a bit steep too, but Parise is a very reliable player.

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yourlameJun. 14, 12 7:49 AM

It amazes me all the folks that think Parise would go to Detroit. Historically are they a great franchise, yes... but they are an aging one that is only getting older. I don't know why he would go to a team that lost it's top 2 defenseman and all their core players (Hank, Dats, Frazen, etc) are 32-34+ years old. I just don't see Parise signing a long term deal with them because their core is starting the down slop of their careers where at best Parise would have 3-4 years of them being around to win a cup. With a no go on the Rangers and the aging Detroit, I think it comes down to re-signing with Jersey or heading home to Minny where we are building a good young team that lead the NHL for nearly four weeks before injuries to most of its Top-6 left them depleted. Go get him and Suter Fletch!

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uffda57Jun. 14, 12 7:50 AM

Mark me down as officially bored with "PariseWatch 2012" already. I don't understand why so many people seem to think he is the silver bullet that will magically make the Wild into Cup champions. He is one guy in a team sport where 18 other guys take the ice on the same night. If that guy gets hurt, you have to make sure the other 18 can pick up the slack, (see Wild 2011-12 season, Warren Peters and Jed Ortmeyer and friends "replacing" Latendresse, PMB and Koivu to see how that turned out). Or what if the guy helps you get into the playoffs, and then is unable to produce, like Parise did this year for the Devils? Hockey is a team sport, and as good as Parise may be, I'd rather see the Wild take the millions they are apparently willing to throw at Parise, and use it to bring in several skilled, lower-priced vets that will give the Wild a solid foundation that they can add to the young talented prospects they have coming up. A good example is Pittsburgh, who went without Crosby for most of the season, but saw Malkin and others really step up and make the team a playoff contender again. Until you have depth to go along with talent, it is unrealistic to expect to be a playoff team. The Wild is still short on talent, but getting better, and will be even better with some good signings over the summer, but if they choose to blow it all on Parise, they aren't going to have the depth to be a credible playoff team. Go big for Suter and guys like Wideman and Bergeron, maybe Gionta and Bernier, and watch this team improve.

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siouxchampJun. 14, 12 8:21 AM

Sounds like the Wild will have the biggest offer to Parise. Don't be surprised when he says "NO" to the Wild and takes less money to stay in New Jersey. In fact, that is exactly what will happen.

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ctillhockeyJun. 14, 12 8:23 AM

Uffda, the Wild don't need 4th liners, we need top end talent. Suter or Wideman would make good additions (though I question Wideman's defense.. maybe put him out there with Stoner or someone..) Did you mean Patrice Bergeron? With his history of concussions, I wouldn't go there. You must have meant Marc-Andre.. I think he's a liability, as the Wild already saw during his last stint here. May I add Matt Carle or Jason Garrison to the list of quality defenseman we would benefit by if acquired?

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mgalaforetJun. 14, 12 8:44 AM

Wouldn't you know, if 1g 0a -5 in the finals is stepping-up, then sorry you know zippo about hockey. Aren't the Wild consistently outmatched by a superior team? Your arguments would support my view not to add him.

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tornstarJun. 14, 12 9:00 AM

OK, I just really want to know where the 20+ Million in Cap Space number is coming from? Cap Geek shows a 70mill + Cap next year but thats not official and HIGHLY unlikely that they would bump the CAP UP 6 MIllion from last year.... Hockey Buzz shows about 15 million free and thats with the old cap(I'm also not sure it counts Granlund)

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