NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 5, 2012.

The fallout from the Wild’s signings of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the Stars have a plan at center, and an update on Brett MacLean.


Suter and Parise teammates in Minnesota.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild fans are wild about their team’s signings of winger Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter (the two players in this summer’s UFA market), with nearly 700 full season tickets sold for next season within hours of the announced signings. Suter’s agent, Neil Sheehy, called the signings “a game-changer” comparing it to Wayne Gretzky being dealt to Los Angeles, or the Penguins drafting Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With all due respect to Mr. Sheehy, no, it isn’t. Yes, Parise and Suter were the best available players at their respective positions in this summer’s market, and Wild GM Chuck Fletcher deserves praise for landing the pair, but they aren’t comparable to Gretzky, Crosby and Malkin, nor are yesterday’s signings comparable to the trade which sent Gretzky to the Kings, or the Penguins drafting their two superstars.  

EXAMINER.COM: Nashville Predators GM David Poile was stunned by Suter’s decision to sign with the Wild, rather than re-sign with the Predators, giving the impression Suter may have mislead Poile over his intentions.

NJ.COM: Dave D’Alessandro observes Parise’s decision to sign with the Wild was purely a business decision, and also suggested the Devils rumored financial troubles may have been a factor.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Parise said it was between the Wild and the Devils, and insisted the latter’s finances played no part in his decision. We’ll have to take him at his word, but if you’re his agents, you had to be concerned about the reports over the Devils’ rumored money troubles

TORONTO STAR: Damien Cox questions the financial sense behind the deals, and wonders if the acquisitions will pay off on the ice.

THE GLOBE & MAIL: Eric Duhatschek wondered how much the Wild will improve with Parise and Suter.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Parise and Suter should improve the Wild, could make them playoff contenders, but it’ll be a few years, when their promising prospects develop into NHL stars (as projected), before we know if this team can become championship caliber.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Bucky Gleason doesn’t begrudge Parise and Suter getting their big contracts, but doesn’t like how the deals were front-loaded. He points out it is another example of owners who’ll try to squeeze the players for a bigger share of revenue are also the ones handing out these big contracts.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In April, 2011, Wild owner Craig Leipold claimed his team was losing money and the current system had to be fixed, as they “had to fix how much we’re spending”. I’d love to hear Leipold’s explanation for these two signings.

DETROIT NEWS: The Parise and Suter signings suggest the Red Wings aren’t the “chosen ones” in the league anymore.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I was among those who expected the Wings to land either Parise or Suter, and was surprised when they came up empty-handed. Time will tell if these signings represent a “new reality”, however, because for the most part during the current CBA, top UFAs usually went to big market, free-spending teams. What worked in the Wild’s favor was, in addition to a willingness to spend, the fact Parise and Suter were “local boys” who also wanted to play together.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars could address their need for a first line center by moving winger Jamie Benn into that role.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Coyotes forward Brett MacLean is improving after suffering a cardiac emergency on Tuesday, and was expected out of intensive care Wednesday.


  1. I don’t think there’s anything wrong saying that those two players that got picked up in Minnesota are of the same importance of the other deals and he mentioned regarding Gretzky and Crosby and Malkin. I do not get the impression that he mentioned them to be of the same kind of player however that sensationalism of the deal was pretty much the same and hopefully will create a buzz there for years like its has in the aforementioned past deals. This is grat for hockey in general and great for Wild fans.

  2. I am happy for the Wild fans and I also think this makes them a playoff team. Also believe it will be a few years before they are Cup contenders though. IF Poile is upset and feels like he was misled he needs to look in the mirror he does not have anyone to blame but himself. Should have traded Suter last year and he shouldn’t have lowballed Weber like he did. The two are close does he not think Weber filled Suter in. Poile is screwed and has NO CHOICE but to trade Weber now it needs to happen he is not resigning. The Flyers should be offering up plenty to land him.

  3. Kudos to the Minnesota Wild for landing these incredibly skilled players….both are solid payers who will have a huge impact…..however…anyone knowledgeable about hockey knows that this deal does not in any way, shape, or form compare to the Gretzky trades……

  4. I agree with Vinnie. Of the two (Weber and Suter), I think Weber is the better player. I would love to see my Sharks grab him, but, alas, I don’t think they could make the offer that Philly could, or even Detroit, for that matter…

  5. I agree with Ron, Spector. Although Parise and sutter aren’t the caliber of Gretzky, Crosby, Malkin i belive they signify an important shift for the culture of the wild, gives wild fans a sence that the franchise is movin in the right direction. Nice signing… But go flyers lol

  6. Like 26 teams will throw a ton at Weber.

    • By the way I like both of these players and I am OK with the term and salary for Parise. But Suter is a different story I would not be terribly surprised if Suter does not end his career in Minnesota Parise absolutely will though. Part of me see’s it like this.


  7. Poile should not be surprised. If you don’t have pen to paper on a deal you should assume that player is not going to be under contract with you. The second he went to UFA Poile should have known it was at best a 10% chance he stayed.