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.
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.