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I will boldly stand by this statement, though most NHL fans have thrown a few expletives my way.
I consider the Minnesota Wild to be losers this offseason simply because they bought into the hype of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.
Yes, both players are very talented, and any team would be smart to add them.
But, $98 million to each player over 13 years. That means these two players who are talented now will carry a cap hit of 7.5 million a year per into their forties. Those are not the kind of contracts that a team looking to be in contention for the foreseeable future should be handing out.
Minnesota was a young team, filled with a few very good players such as Dany Heatley, and was a few steps away from being legitimate cup contenders.
Instead of focusing their efforts on adding depth and slowly working toward greatness, they blew a huge chunk of cap space on two long term deals that are, in my mind at least, large overpayments.
Though the did add respectable talent, Minnesota ultimately signed two big long term deals that won't be of much help a few years down the road.
It's cup or bust for the Wild right now, and it seems that the former is much less likely than the latter at this point in time.