Found July 04, 2012 on
Let’s take a look back at an interview Michael Russo of the Star Tribune did with Wild owner Craig Leipold…
I know you can’t name names, but how essential is it for you guys to finally land a big fish or two?
“Yes. Where a star player wants to come here, wants to play here. It’s important to our franchise that we become one of those markets where players want to come to, they want to play for the fans here, they want to play because the culture’s the way it is, because the coaches are the way they are, because management treats their players a certain way. We want to get to that point. I mean, this is such a great market. I have to believe that players would want to play in this city. It’s our job to create that kind of atmosphere and culture, and winning is important. It’s a big part of that. They’ll come here if they think they can win the Cup.”
How would you sell a free agent on this franchise and market?
“Now if I’m an unrestricted free agent and I’m looking at this team an
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MSP is the Minnesota airport in case anyone cares
Beat writer Michael Russo:
talked to Zach Parise at MSP. He says he has not made a decision and he and his fiancée will talk today. "that has not started." #MNWild
— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) July 3, 2012
Does Parise not have a cell phone, or maybe skype? Very bizarre.
I'm also told Parise is close to a decision and that could come late tonight or tomorrow morning #mnwild #nhl
— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) July 2, 2012
Could be Parise is flying home to Minnesota to announce he signed with the hometown Wild, or maybe not.
No idea, let's just hope it ends at this point.
Since there haven't been any updates on the Zach Parise and Ryan Suter fronts, we now have things like this to talk about. From Michael Russo on Twitter:
Parise tells @joshrimerhockey "I'd love to play on a team w Ryan Suter. To get an opp. to play with him would be great."
— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) July 4, 2012
Neil Sheehy on Ryan Suter: There will be no decision tonight and there is no timetable for his contract signing at this time (cond) #mnwild— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) July 2, 2012
(cond Sheehy): “Ryan is considering his opportunities and is taking the necessary time to give each proper consideration.” #mnwild— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) July 2, 2012
“AHHHHHHHHH!!! I am a madman. Oy, oy, oy. It’s hard to come to grips with. It was such a fun, great process. I can’t tell you, Chuck, Brent Flahr, both those guys, had a very aggressive plan, thought that it was possible, thought that we could do it. This wasn’t a kneejerk kind of thing. It was discussed as a possibility months and months ago and going back to last season...