It's probably a little early to say that about the Wild (it's only Year 2 of the Parise-Suter Era). They haven't lost the series to the Blackhawks YET. And as we know, the NHL playoffs are often a bit of a crapshoot. Elite teams do stumble and leave the door open for the next-tier, Minnesota-types.
Those kinds of contracts are NEVER a good idea from a long-term standpoint anyway, but GMs can never help themselves.
I thought that article was pretty bad. The Wild are down 3-2 in the 2nd round against the defending Stanley Cup Champions. The day those contracts were signed, I bet everyone in the Wild organization would have signed up for this result. He probably wrote this article after game 5 of the 1st round and just couldn't wait any longer.
I don't think the Wild signed those contracts because they felt it made them instead Cup contenders. They had a treadmill hockey team and a fan base that was getting tired of them doing nothing. This was to give the organization a spark. Keep the fans happy and go back to selling out all night. Over time, perhaps they could add a few pieces and be a contender.
There is no blue print to being a great team. You need to draft well, of course, but for every Chicago and Pittsburgh, there is a Florida or Edmonton or NYI. Chicago was terrible forever before being good. Not everyone wants to go that route, and like Edmonton has shown, that process might never end.
He loses a lot of his argument when he brings up Boston and Chara. He was a UFA signing. Is he the exception? Maybe, but the Wild might have thought Suter could be the next Chara for them. Chara is their best player. A UFA signing. Also, Parise right now is second in playoff scoring. They have a fantastic player that helped them get this far. Of you course you can't win a Stanley Cup only on free agent signings, but you can get a lot better and rely on trades and drafting to get you the rest of the way.
Now say Parise signed with the Devils, he was home grown talent, but he wasn't taking any discount to sign here. If he ended up choosing the Devils, it be at market price. The Devils signed Kovalchuk at a price higher than any other team in free agency. Would that be trying to buy a Cup according to this writer? I don't think so. You still have the young defense. You still can make the Schneider trade. So you have two high priced players signed in free agency, but you can still build a great team around them.
The Wild can still do that...
Edited by devilsrule33, 12 May 2014 - 05:05 PM.