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The Minnesota Wild are poised for an aggressive approach when the NHL's free agent signing period starts.
The question is whether their sales pitch will be strong enough to persuade top prizes Zach Parise or Ryan Suter or both to join a team that has missed the playoffs for four straight years.
The market opens Sunday, and the Wild are more than $19 million under the salary cap that was set this week for the 2012-13 season at $70.2 million. So they'll be able to offer more money than some of the other teams competing in what's considered a high-quality, low-quantity pool of unrestricted free agents.
They also have local connections they can use with Parise, who grew up in the Twin Cities and Suter, from Wisconsin.
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s/t to Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald... According to the Globe and Mail four out of the top 10 free agents are former players from the WCHA. That's pretty impressive in my opinion. Also, former Fighting Sioux forward and current New Jersey Devil Zach Parise will probably land in the top three as well.
from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail, Teams in need of high end scoring talent are going to be in tough this year in free agency.
There’s not one high end centre available and the top wingers like Zach Parise, Alex Semin and Jaromir Jagr could be paid a fortune if Dennis Wideman’s contract on Wednesday is any indication.
There are only 13 forwards who had more than 36 points...
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal, At the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas where the NHL awards show was housed last week, there was a Penske Maserati dealership outside the front doors.
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From my phone, from lovely Community Mental Health of Oakland County (for a routine appointment)...As Paul posted below, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo is reporting that Ryan Suter may not entertain offers on Sunday at all, and I can’t help but think that such a plan is incredibly foolhardy at best.
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