Found July 08, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
“I don’t want to mislead you. Ryan Suter is a great hockey player. We wanted him on our team, and we’re disappointed he chose to go in a different direction. “It’s not the death knell to the Nashville Predators. It challenges us.” “I’ve seen ‘spending and acquiring’ win. I’ve seen ‘spending and acquiring’ not win. I’ve seen ‘shed — low payroll’ and pretty good success. The conclusion there is there’s no magic formula, and it has been proven time and time again. It’s not what you spend, it’s how you spend.” Nashville Predators CEO Jeff Cogen.  More from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean.

Next up for Wild's Leipold: practice facility

ST. PAUL, Minn. Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold unveiled his shiny new, expensive purchases on Monday, introducing big free-agent signings Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to the team's excited fan base and is hoping for another new addition. Leipold's hoping for another big addition to the organization soona new practice facility across the street from the Xcel Energy Center...

Parise, Suter could make Minnesota the place to be

The Minnesota Wild are hoping that landing the top two free agents on the market with massive contracts will help turn flyover country into the place to be for top talent going forward. The Wild introduced forward Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter on Monday, five days after signing them to matching 13-year, $98 million contracts. They were the premiere players available this...

Parise, Suter changing the vibe around Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. Zach Parise proudly put on his new Minnesota Wild jersey, sporting the No. 11 his dad famously wore with the Minnesota North Stars, and smiled for the cameras alongside friend and now teammate Ryan Suter on Monday. Parise's unease of being the center of the hockey world for an entire week in July was easily apparent. He smiled for the cameras in his new sweater...

Ryan steps back from his 4 day coke bender

Pretty much ever since I have been here, nothing good has ever happened to the Wild. For that matter, nothing good has happened to the Maple Leafs or Islanders, either. Finally, someone affiliated with Barry Melrose Rocks has something to cheer about! The Wild signed Zach Parise AND Ryan Suter! This instantly vaults the team to perhaps the 5th playoff spot in the west.I'm not...

Potential announcements at the Wild Press Conference

The Wild are planning a press conference in under a half an hour. The idea is that it is an introductory press conference for Zach Parise and Ryan Suter is quaint. Very nice. I've been around the Wild and Minnesota sports for too long. I have some other ideas of what might be said at the press conference.- The real reason Parise and Suter signed with the Wild was becuase they...

Smashville On The Glass podcast — Elliotte Friedman featured

CBC's Elliotte Friedman and Section 303's Jeremy Gover join us to discuss the departure of Ryan Suter and what it means for Shea Weber...

Wild sign D Connelly to 2-year deal

The Minnesota Wild have signed defenseman Brian Connelly to a two-year contract. The Wild announced the news Friday. Connelly led all AHL defensemen in scoring last season with 52 points on six goals and 46 assists while playing for Rockford and Abbotsford. It's a two-way deal, meaning Connelly will be paid more if he is playing with the Wild and less if he is with the club...

2012 Wild Prospect Camp begins with a lot of promise and high hopes

With less than a week since the ink dried on the identical contracts to Zach Parise and Ryan Suter the forward momentum of the growth of a hockey organization continues irregardless of that improbable outcome.  I am of course talking about the 2012 Wild Prospect Camp which opens tomorrow.  Heck, even as there are still a little over an hour (as I write this) Parise and Suter'...

What are the effects of the Parise / Suter deal on the Wild, the NHL and sports in general?

Its been a long road back to home.  For myself, it was nearly 600 miles of driving for two days after a nice fishing trip to the northern part of Rainy Lake.  The weather was fairly hot, the lake incredibly calm and the fishing more of a challenge than normal but one thing you learn is that with each cast of your line you can be in for a dramatic change.  A quick little tug on...

Elliotte Friedman guests on SmashvilleOnTheGlass Radio (podcast)

Ryan and Buddy catch up with the CBC's Elliotte Friedman and cover a wide range of topics including Ryan Suter, Shea Weber, and the upcoming CBA negotiations. Section 303's Jeremy Gover also joins in for a round-table discusssion on the Predators future.Listen to internet radio with SmashvilleOnTheGlass on Blog Talk RadioMore Later...Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass

The NHL Salary Structure

In 1996/97 Mario Lemieux became the highest paid player in league history.  He was paid $11.35 million that season.  That season was 16 years ago.  The highest paid player next season barring future signings will be a four way tie between Brad Richards, Tyler Myers, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.  Each of whom is to be paid $12 million next season.  Since the NHL deals with average...
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