Minnesota native Prince once implored us all to go crazy and go nuts. In the same breath, he also told us to look for a purple banana. Hey, why not?
His hometown Wild finally found their purple banana on the Fourth of July with the co-signings of American-born stars Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, arguably the two most coveted free agents of this NHL offseason. Both were signed to 13-year, $98 million deals.
Despite playing in the league’s sweetest arena in the one state where hockey reigns supreme, the Wild have hardly been a power over the course of their existence. In fact, this may be the only time we’ve even recognized their existence on this blog. Minnesota has missed the playoffs four straight seasons and has only reached the postseason twice since joining the league in 2000.
Bringing in the captain who led the New Jersey Devils to the Stanley Cup Finals and the top available defenseman promise to change that history of mediocrity (or worse). Perhaps the most stunning element of...