No comparison between LeBron and Wild signings

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 5, 2012 - 11:22 PM

The Wild is exactly like the Heat. Except ...

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au7punkerJul. 5, 12 9:28 PM

yep X 1,000.

rdnblueJul. 5, 12 9:41 PM

I believe the majority of the references are comparing the ACT of signing of two of the top free agents on the market to what Miami did a couple years back, not to the actual players signed themselves (or their standing in the game).

partskcojJul. 5, 1210:41 PM

Wow!..Didn't know we had a pro team.

misternoallJul. 5, 1211:00 PM

Results are results and Fletch deserves credit, this signing is primarily because he has a job located in Minnesota, it was not anything he personally did to finesse by way of skill or anything like that, just sayin

lars471Jul. 6, 1212:36 AM

Well Fletcher did make some nice draft choices & trades for either players or other draft choices that look good so yes Fletcher did a little - just sayin......

rodneyklineJul. 6, 12 1:38 AM

Name the 19 players better than Parise in the NHL!!! He is better than top 20. He is at the least a top 10 player and most likely better than that. How can anyone see a negative in this? We signed the top two free agents and you are complaining??? How is this a bad thing? Do you just like to complain? What would your posts say if we lost both players to other teams?

firefly70Jul. 6, 12 1:54 AM

While a person should definitely give some credit to Fletcher for landing Parise and Suter (and of course Leipold for being willing to spend the money!), some people should also remember Fletcher has also made his share of... highly questionable?... trades. Cam Barker - anyone? Does anyone remember Chuck Kobasew? Fletcher is probably hoping no one does. And then with some of his other trades, I think it's safe to say the jury is still out on some of them. Setoguchi hasn't exactly turned out to be the bona fide sniper people were making him out to be - yet. Charlie Coyle has yet to play a regular season NHL game. Meanwhile, Brent Burns had one of his better seasons in San Jose. Martin Havlat for Dany Heatley? I'm not sure either team could say they got the better of that particular trade. So for now, I'm willing to say Fletcher did a good job of landing the two; although honestly, I'm not too keen on the length of the contracts.

firefly70Jul. 6, 12 2:51 AM

I would respectfully disagree with those who would argue Parise is "at least a top 10 player and most likely better than that." Here's a list of some of the players I would argue are better than Parise (not in any particular order, other than what came to mind): Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Pavel Datsyuk, Steven Stamkos, Sid the Kid, Evgeni Malkin, Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Henrik and Daniel Sedin, Rick Nash, Marian Hossa, Jason Spezza, Joe Thornton, Anze Kopitar to name a few. Plus there's a handful that are probably about as good as Zach Parise. Point is, Parise could arguably be a top 20 player, but it would REALLY be a stretch to even try to say he's a top 10 player. Don't get me wrong. I'm as excited for the Wild fans that Parise and Suter signed with the team as anyone is; but I think too many people are getting carried away in the euphoria of the moment and they seem to think that suddenly the Wild is now THE team to beat.

danfromstpJul. 6, 12 5:56 AM

To add to rdnblue's comment, It aeems to me the implied collusion of the top two players in the year's free agent market to play together also reminds one of the LeBron saga, so the comparrison shouldn't be totally dismissed.

simplyhockeyJul. 6, 12 6:08 AM

How about we sit back and enjoy the ride for awhile. This is big news and exciting news, let's get them on the ice this fall and see the results and figure out the next piece. This will make the Wild respectable but we will need these young guys that were drafted the last few years to come and in and play well individually and together. We don't have 13 years this has to come full circle in 3-5 years. Too many things change in pro sports over that length of time. I know they each got a ton of money to come here but remember this was a choice made by the heart of these two guys also. They did not have to do this. Enjoy Patrick quit complaining!!


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