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Minnesota finally starting to strain under weight of Parise, Suter contracts

Minnesota finally starting to strain under weight of Parise, Suter contracts

5 years ago, Minnesota made the biggest splash in free agency. The ripples of those splashes may prevent them from making another one. Next week will mark the 5th-year anniversary of the Minnesota Wild signing Zach Parise and Ryan Suter as free agents. July 4th, 2012 was the single most important day in franchise history. The Wild, who had been irrelevant for years (and perhaps their entire existence), managed to put themselves on the map by landing two of the biggest free agents available. They made an immediate impact, dragging an otherwise shoddy Wild team to their first playoff...
Hockey Wilderness Jun 24, 2017
Minnesota Wild draft Ivan Lodnia at Pick 85

Minnesota Wild draft Ivan Lodnia at Pick 85

The Wild drafted a small, but skilled winger with their first selection of the 2017 Draft. As many of you know, the Minnesota Wild did not have any selections in the first two rounds of the 2017 NHL Draft. This isn’t anything new to the Wild. Since kicking into win-now mode after the Zach Parise and Ryan Suter signings, general manager Chuck Fletcher has often sacrificed draft picks in order to pick up rental players. This contributed to some fairly fruitless drafts in more recent seasons for the Wild. Which was perhaps to be expected, given that Minnesota tended to emphasize two-way...

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