Word on the street is that free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter have signed in Minnesota for an ungodly amount of money and for an awfully long time. And just like that, the Wild have become feared competitors for next years season, and have one of the highest payrolls in the league.
Given that Stan Bowman has been very busy in all the huge negotiations thus far, it begs the question where he looks next. My guess is that Shane Doan gets a healthy dose of the good old SB charm and that the possibilities of Ryan coming to Chicago have a lot of strength as well.
Since it is all said and done, for the most part, I think it was for the better. No doubt, bringing either of these names to the Hawks would have done wonders, and also lead to a bunch of other moves by SB, leaving the team looking quite different from last year (which is what some of us wanted I suppose). But, I think it would have been too much of a cost in the long run, and that other options seem more kosher to what the Hawks needs are.
This still leaves room to sign a big money goaltender in the near future (maybe not this year, but soon), and I think someone like Shane Doan and Ryan could actually fit more cohesively into the current "system" the Hawks have. Either way, there is still a lot of summer left, and quite a few deals to be made. More on all of it later.