It's 8:35 and I am still in a joyous fog over the events of the day. How do you try to put into words the feeling that we finally were able to land two of the top free agents regardless of the sport. One of my friends from Moorhead, now living in Chaska who is a huge hockey fan told me on facebook she couldn't read enough about the dynamic duo coming here. It summarized perfectly how I felt.
I was at Rainbow shopping for our 4th of July extraviganza when my phone blew up. I honestly had goosebumps in 94 degree weather as I quickly scurried to the parking lot to get home. Of all days to make this happen, it had to come on a holiday and I really didn't know if I should handle the news as a fan or "professional" for work. I chose the latter and am glad I did.
Reached the homestead in time to make a salad and marinade the chicken before the conference call with Wild GM and superhero Chuck Fletcher along with Zach and Ryan, the newest members of Wild Nation. Goosebump episode number two of the day. I listened to the two talk about being able to play at home being a big part of their decision making process. They had actually talked over the past year about the potential of playing together just not knowing where.
One of the biggest things I love about the deal is they aren't strapped for cash moving forward and gives them some flexibility to add pieces in the future.There was excitement for the team this upcoming season with the youth movement on tap. With the addition of Parise and Suter, this team will be built with a solid core of vets mixed with a couple of kids mixed in.
If you look back at past Stanley Cup winning teams, they all had a rock star manning the blue line and Suter 100 percent is that guy. He is a minute eater that will play 30 minutes, run the power play but more importantly has the ability to control the break out leading our ever improving offense do their thing.
Parise is obvious and faithful readers of this blog understand how this fan felt about him coming home. He ads another scoring option to the top line and more importantly takes a little pressure off of Mikko Koivu from an offensive perspective.
Most of all, I think I love the fact that the two top free agents who had reportedly received offers with more money with other teams made the decision to come back home. Instead of leaving fly over country for a bigger markets, the two chose us. Understanding that the team is in a four year playoff drought, but gladly accepting the challenge of helping the state of hockey return to relevance.
There are so many things of which to look forward to with this team. The excitement of the youth movement will still be there as prospect camp begins next week. It is settled a little now knowing that for the next 13 years we've got a pair of pillars to the team.
So for one day, one night, we live in the center of the hockey universe. Let everyone complain and compare this to Lebron and Bosh going to Miami. The last I checked, they just won a NBA title and if we've got a date with Lord Stanley's Cup, I'm already marking my spot on the parade route.