The Minnesota Wild have pulled off the biggest signing in recent memory inking both Zach Parise the former leader of the Cup finalist Devils and Ryan Suter formerly of the Nashville Predators to huge multi-year deals. The pair did not come cheap and have virtually pushed the Wild to the edge of their salary cap which may come back to haunt them.
Last year the Wild started the season on fire but by the New Year had begun to fade and continued to slide right out of a playoff spot. While not quite first to worst, they were one of the worst teams in the second half of the season.
Both players received the same 13-year $98 million deals that were too rich for any other teams to match. This deal sees Zach leave the Devils on the heels of an exciting play off run after which he tweeted he would like to stay with New Jersey. Turns out at least three factors came into play, going home to Minnesota, the huge sum of money and the length of the contract. Who can blame him or Ryan for that matter?
Suter, a lifetime Predator has got to be just as, if not happier than Parise with the deal. Suter has 38 goals in seven seasons over 542 games and gets just shy of 100 million while Parise scored 31 goals last year but the previous year put up little due to injuries.
Do these additions mean the Wild will be assured a playoff spot in the competitive west? Sadly for the Wild, no although they should be more competitive but with Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, the Kings, Vancouver, San Jose, Nashville and Phoenix likely still stronger which one of those eight will the revamped Wild replace? We also have the Oilers that will be much improved, the Flames and Ducks also in the mix.
From my view, this is a wild card call that hampers Minnesota much more than it benefits them. Hockey is still a team game and while they are better today than yesterday don’t be too surprised if they miss the playoffs yet again.
Goals win games, if you don’t score you cannot win. Suter scored 7 goals last year so assuming his production does not drop off the Wild are paying over a million dollars per goal for the next 13 years. The top NHL points getter among defenceman put up 59 points last year. Suter’s career stats: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryan_Suter
Parise notched 31 goals last year and has averaged 28 goals per year over his seven NHL seasons. The Wild are paying just under 270,00 dollars per goal provided he can maintain his pace for the next 13 years. His career stats: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zach_Parise
The question though still stands, if the Wild get in to the post season next year, which of those teams will they oust? If you can think of one let me know because I can’t.