Originally Posted by shrineclown
Suter or Parise....??? You have to be kidding that you would not like Parise over Suter. Not that Suter is not a good player by any means. If that is managements option, you will get Parise.
Organizational need, short and long term. We spent the entire year last year pinned down in our own end because our shit-tastic D couldn't make an outlet pass or clear the zone. Another forward to back check and circle the neutral zone waiting for the pass that never comes? Nope. Wild need a stud on D. They do have a lot of cap space, but there aren't many big names out there on D, and they'll need to make a big splash to get Suter. Plan B would be Wideman, Carle, etc.
Parise is local, and has said before that he doesn't want to come here and be the hockey version of Joe Mauer - overexposed, overextended, and under intense pressure to do it all. I don't blame him. And I think he stays in NJ.