NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 8, 2012.

How the Wild landed Parise and Suter, calming the denizens of “Hockeytown”, Blue Jackets development camp a welcome distraction from Nash saga, and the Sharks re-sign Galiardi.


How did the Wild land Parise and Suter?

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo with a fascinating look at the efforts of Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher in out-bidding richer teams to land Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited a “tweet” from Russo indicating the Wild had sold over 1,500 season tickets since inking Parise and Suter on Wednesday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s great to see Wild fans responding so well to the Parise and Suter signings. I sincerely hope this represents the long-overdue turning point for the franchise.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Mitch Albom reminds anxious Red Wings fans that “Hockeytown” isn’t dead because Ryan Suter opted to sign with the Wild, rather than the Wings.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It may indeed be premature to start worrying about the decline and fall of the Wings, who’ve rattled off twelve consecutive seasons of 100-plus points, but the loss of Lidstrom will hurt, and they could use more scoring depth. I still think they’re a playoff team, but it will be interesting to see how well they perform if management cannot land another quality blueliner and scoring forward.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Michael Arace reports the Blue Jackets recent development camp provided a welcome distraction for fans weary of the Rick Nash trad saga.

 MERCURYNEWS.COM: The San Jose Sharks have avoided arbitration with forward T.J. Galiardi, re-signing him to a one-year contract.


  1. Great read from Russo. Russo was applauded by pretty much all the big guns in the sports media for his coverage of this, and he continues to get the info. Great writer.

  2. If the wings fail to grab some quality depth this year could be very different from the last few. You can’t lose 3 of your top 4 D men over the last two seasons and not see the effects. There’s lots of time for Holland to put things together but now he will have to move assets to do so. Semin may end up there.

  3. Someone posted the answer a few weeks ago … the Wings go to plan D aka Develop our 2nd-7th round picks to be future hall of famers.

  4. The Red Wings have been the Yankees of hockey long enough. It’s time for them to be second fiddle for a change. They buy up all the talent in the league every season and it’s time for Detroit to struggle for a change. Nice to see top players in the league wanting to go to places other then Detroit, Pittsburg, Chicago,N.Y.R

    • such an old and tired argument. when was the last time the Wings bought up the big talent? 2002 was 10 years ago.

  5. the Wild are a better team but they are still a few players away. aside from Suter their defense doesn’t scare anyone as all their money is invested in forwards and goalies so unless they’re able to improve the rest of their defense then they’re just a decent regular season team but not built to go deep in the playoffs.

    • Agreed, they do have a few years to go for it, but their d isn’t that great. High priced goalie could be moved for a young d and cap relief