Scoggins: Image overhaul for Wild was bonus in Parise-Suter deal

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 7, 2012 - 12:58 AM

In the Twin Cities and beyond, the megadeal eliminates the overused "wait and see" crutch from any critique of the team.

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minneg56Jul. 7, 12 7:39 AM

Interesting angle offered here on Wild. To be clear-the image previously to the past weeks signings were that Wild was a money mongering, marketing firm who gave little of nothing back to their customers. A company more interested in selling jerseys, foam claws and Nordy dolls than in its on ice product. But honestly, if the club doesn't advance to the second round of playoffs- Fletcher and Yeo will be taking their dog and pony show to Yellow Knife! The signing of these 2 players primarily took FINANCIAL muscle. True enough they could have gotten a few more bucks somehere else but as a hockey star where would you rather play and raise a family? That said, both players would have probably been taxed out of any additional money they could have gotten elsewhere. So it probably wasn't a big financial sacrifice to come to MN. Maybe they had some influence but I can't believe Fletcher or Yeo had a whole lot of influence in getting these players here. As a hockey fan (not ever particularly fond of Wild) I look at this as a step in the right direction. But- hockey is a team sport. As the club sits it is still 2 d-men and 6-7 half way proven forwards away from having a true major league roster. I'm not talking star power at every position either. Just mid -tier players. Suter may be on the ice for 20-23 minutes per game. Parise - probably around 17-21 minutes per game. What's the club gonna' do for the rest of the game? One hope I do have for Wild is for it's netminders ... maybe the puck won't be in their end (literally and figuratively) 43 minutes per game and the backstops won't have to block 43 shots per game just to get the club into a shootout at the end!

paulrey62Jul. 7, 12 8:11 AM

Excited for this season! Now if they would only get rid of that stupid logo! A fan can dream.....

oldmotorheadJul. 7, 12 9:02 AM

It's great that the Wild got these these 2 players, but come on, almost 2 million dollars for 2 players?! Pro sports priorities have gotten WAY out of hand in this country. Imagine if there was this much emphasis and money spent on educating kids and fighting crime. Would we see a different country here?

badgerhockeyJul. 7, 1211:23 AM

Thanx to the University of Wisconsin, Heatley, Gilbert, Dowell, & Suter, will make the Wild a much better team. To bad Justin Schultz decided to play for Edmonton. Looking forward to watching them play & show the Wild fans THAT BADGERS KNOW HOW TO PLAY HOCKEY.

offermglJul. 7, 1211:56 AM

minneg56 - 6 or 7 mid level forwards short? That seems like quite a stretch. Koivu-Heatley-Parise line will be a top notch line. I would still call Cullen and Settogucci "Mid-level" forwards. Brodziak, Clutterbuck and Powe are average 4th liners. So really, they are only missing 2-4 forwards tops. Granlund will fill one of those holes. If Bouchard doesnt get injured again, he is a legitimate forward. Its the defense that really needs help. But at least they have some all-star veteran presence now. Fletcher and Yeo have been building this team through the draft similar to how the Packers built there championship team through the draft. So many young guys now who are a year or so away from stepping in. I think they are doing a decent job turning this team around. And Im very pleased to see them spend a lot of money, it makes this team exciting again, something we havent been able to say since 2003.

rshacklefordJul. 7, 12 1:00 PM

"Can you imagine the fallout if this team misses the playoffs next spring?" ---- I can. A huge gutache from days of laughter. The way marketing is selling a completely untested product to the public is shameless. It is as if the whole 2012-13 season should be skipped and the names of the team's players just put on the Cup. Yeeeesh.

kerchiefJul. 7, 12 2:02 PM

IMO, maybe the biggest bonus of signing Parise and Suter will be that this team will be more attractive to other free agents. Before it was just Mikko and not a lot else to offer. Now it's Mikko, Zach, Ryan, Mikeal, hopefully Marco after this year and the kids that will draw free agent interest. There is a lot coming off the books for the Wild in the next two years and while some of the money(and roster spots)will go to the younger guys, the team will have plenty of money and be attractive enough to fill out the roster however they feel they need to. At least that's my hope.

firefly70Jul. 8, 12 1:22 PM

Amusing when people talk about Cullen and Setoguchi being mid-level forwards. Cullen is in the twilight of his career and he was a non-factor for stretches of the past season. Setoguchi? Umm.. he needs to grow up fast! Wasn't he scratched for a game last season for "disciplinary reasons"? Matt Cullen had almost as many points as Setoguchi last season (Cullen - 35, Setoguchi - 36). And Setoguchi was even less of factor quite often than Cullen! And Setoguchi's +/- was -17 compared to Cullen who was -10. But Cullen at least was a regular on the PK, whereas Setoguchi wouldn't get a sniff of PK time. Hate to say it, but Setoguchi is getting dangerously close to being a player who will be labeled as someone "who never reached his pontential". Dany Heatley will probably be on the 1st line only by default; he would probably at most be on the 2nd line of more talented teams. Heatley's production has been in a steady decline the past 3-4 years and was never a great skater to begin with. (footnote, Heatley only played at the U of Wisconsin for a whole whopping 2 years, and lived in Canada growing up. So it seems a big stretch to try and claim his 2 years at Wisconsin are what turned him into the once-dominant scorer he was.) Bouchard is really a big question mark. He is probably just one more hit away from having his career end. (Personally, I'm not sure he should still be trying to play hockey with the concussions he's had). Amusing that after the Wild literally added ONE forward and ONE D-man people think we are suddenly a really deep team that is a lock to make the playoffs and contend for the Stanley Cup.

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