So let's see, the Wild have been in existence for 11 years & have made the playoffs all of 3 times. I'm throwing it out there right now, even with adding Suter & Parise to the mix, they'll see less playoff appearances in the next 10 years than the Wings.
In 10 years, the Wings brass will be glad they didn't sign Suter and Parise
The Wings front office is still pretty much the best damn one in the business regardless of what happened today. Kenny pretty much said it himself that they, and every other team making offers really, were not in a position to complete for those two based on them already making up their minds that they wanted to go "home" to play. Reading some of the coverage from down in Nashville, I find it revealing that David Poile all but flat out called Suter a liar in his comments, mentioning that Suter had told him that he would circle back to the Preds to let them counter offer before all was said & done. Personally, I think that the dog & pony show that played out over the last few days was all about Suter & Parise already being 99% sure they were signing with Minny unless someone came in WELL over the top with an offer, like max money i.e. $14m a year, and while it stings not getting either one today, I think in the long run I'll be glad the Wings didn't bite.
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