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“No one is going to outbid the Wild” for Parise, says former Minnesota GM Nanne

Jun 13, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

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On Tuesday, Minnesota hockey icon Lou Nanne appeared on KFAN Sports Radio to discuss what players the Wild might target this offseason.

For Wild fans longing for Zach Parise, it was a very interesting interview.

Nanne suggested that New Jersey — due in part to financial troubles — would be unable to re-sign Parise, which would then set the stage for Minnesota to make a play.

A big, big play.

“I had dinner with [Wild owner] Craig Leipold on Wednesday night,” Nanne said. “I know Chuck Fletcher and Leipold really want Parise, and what Craig told me is how hard he’s going to go after him, and the kind of money he’s going after him [with] — I don’t see how Parise’s not coming here.

“I can tell you this: No one is going to outbid the Wild. So if Parise goes somewhere else, you can bet he’s going for less money. What I said is, ‘the kind of money that they’re going to offer him, he might as well just come here and own the team and in his later years, win the Stanley Cup as an owner.”

When it came to actual dollars, Nanne wasn’t ready to reveal what Leipold told him, but suggested the offer is going to be huge.

“In confidence of him, I’m not going to say the figure — but it’s going to be plenty. It is going to be a lot more than I ever expected and you will find out, because once July 1st comes, you’ll be aware of the numbers.

“It is going to be so substantial that I cannot see Zach Parise turning it down.”

According to Capgeek, the Wild project to have $21 million in available space for next season. Long-term, the team is only really locked into Mikko Koivu ($6.75 million annually until 2018) with the likes of Dany Heatley ($7.5 million) and Pierre-Marc Bouchard ($4.08) off the books by 2014.

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  1. sknut - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    I have no doubt Nanne wouldn’t have said this if he wasn’t sure that this was going to happen. Outside of NJ the Wild are the favorites I would think, I am also curious to see if they will have money left over to go after Suter as they like him a lot as well.

    • m1lla7 - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      Don’t they want to go to a contender?

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      Nannette stated the Wild has money for both

      • lordfletcher - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:47 PM

        Not that I don’t value other fans opinions around the league but some of you guys need to understand that if the Wild are able to land Parise / Suter / Carle, someone in free agency, they also have plenty of assets to make a quality trade as well …. They Wild have a great chance of turning the ship around in a manner of 4 months. Can they, will they, is another question… but if there is one team that can add the right pieces at the right time, the Wild can turn this around quickly.

        They do have quality role players and their defence was better than expected for being made up of AHLers and rookies, not to mention undersized. If the Wild can add scoring in Free agency and or via trades, they will make the post season and from there anything can happen. The biggest key is if the Wild can stay healthy too.

        Again, any team that adds Parise / Suter combo, will be a contender

        sorry if this ramble makes no sense, I am in a hurry and late for a metting. Cheers

  2. canuckswino - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    You don’t build a winner by building around wingers, or by over-paying free agents… just more of the Wild being the Wild.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      And you don’t put fans in the seats with Dany Heatly.

      The second Parise signs, season ticket sales will jump in Minnesota.
      There are two games being playing and one of them doesn’t take place on the ice

      • tmoore4075 - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:51 PM

        Wild need to put fans in the seats? They played to almost 100% capacity last season. While it creates more buzz I don’t think they NEED him to sell tickets.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:03 PM

        almost 100%? But I guess you’re right. The Wild have no interest in selling more season ticket packages, how stupid of me

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:54 PM

        The sellouts started to stop last year. I think they were down to 16,000 for a few games. Signing Parise means more season tickets and more complete 18,564 annouced attendances.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:45 PM

      yeah you win Cups by adding players that are in the first year of their contracts. Charlie Coyle and Mikael Granlund are projected to be stars in the NHL. They have 5 others that they feel will be great players. The Wild will be able to add more big name free agents the next few years as well. 14 million comes off the books next sumer when Backstrom, Cullen, and Bouchard’s way over inflated contracts comes off the books. That isn’t adding any other player that is on a one year contract or rfa they will not resign. The following summer, Heatley’s 8 million comes off the books. The Wild are set up nicely for the next handful of years.

      • canuckswino - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:40 PM

        Yup – the Wild have some top-end forward prospects on the way. But, the Wild are below average to say the least at defense, and don’t have any defensive prospects that are sure things. Just my opinion, but I think you build winners down the middle, with defense being the most important position on a team.

      • ThatGuy - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:59 PM

        There defense was average last year with 4 out of the 6 being rookies or 2nd year players. They aren’t exceptional, but they finished around 15th in the league in GA. Keeping pucks out of the net isn’t the problem, it’s putting them there.

        They also do have Brodin on the way, who is pretty much a sure bet to be top 4 guy with a good chance at being top 2. He was already playing more minutes in the WC’s than some NHLers.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:52 PM

        Pretty sure signing Suter and having him paired with Tom Gilbert would help add depth.

  3. miketoasty - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    As much as I don’t think this is going to happen a Heatley – Koivu – Parise line sounds very dangerous and could be one of the best lines for the next couple of years if this does pan out.

  4. dbarnes79 - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Great player but not worth huge bucks.

    • stakex - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:02 PM

      That depends on what you consider “big bucks”. Hes not worth $12 million a year obviously, but I could see somewhere between $7-9 a year.

  5. mclovinhockey - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    I know he just lead his team to the finals but parise is not worth as much as this article hints… If he gets more than 6 it’s overpaying for him. I don’t want the devils to resign him but the wild seem like they are going to screw up big time.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      Paul Martin make 5 million per
      Ville Leino make 4.5 million per

      Soooooo yaaaaaaa

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:55 PM

        …and you wonder why there is labor problems…

  6. langforc - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    The question was never what team was going to offer the most money to Parise. The real question is, how important is money to Parise? Does he want big bucks or cups?

    • tmoore4075 - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      Exactly. Sorry but the Wild aren’t a good team and have never been able to have long term success. If he’s leaving NJ, I think Detroit is the most likely destination. They have the money, the core still has 5 years left in them at least, plus might have his buddy Suter.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:04 PM

        Minnesota is a Cup contending team in 2 years. If all of you would stop being so narrowly short sighted, you’d see the Wild have tons of cap space next season as well to sign more high profile free agents. Wild also have 7 top quality prospects that will add depth.

        If you forgot the Wild had the best record in December until they got hit hard by injuries. Depth was a problem. Now they have these young guys signed and are adding Parise/Suter… Hopefully

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:01 PM

        the reason they haven’t had long term success was because they did start out as an expansion team in 2000-01. then they got better each year reaching the western finals in 2003. then former wild gm doug risebrough started to miss on 1st round picks. and missed huge.

        made trades and signed free agents good enough to win the northwest division once.

        then he started letting free agents brian rolston and pavol demitra walk and get nothing in return for them when they were going to miss the playoffs.

        he then sat on marian gaborik as to opposed to trading him over the summer the year of his last year on his contract. then he played a handful of games and elected to have hip surgery and missed the better part of 4 months and had no trade value at the trade dealine. when you let a franchise player of gaborik’s type walk away and get nothing in return, that was the final bullet in risebrough’s job. he hasn’t been able to get a gm job since.

        fletcher has been building this team from empty cupboards and will finally be reaping the benefits of his hard work starting this summer.

  7. jb8383 - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    If Parise is true to his word that he wants to play for a team that has a chance to win the Cup, there’s no way he’ll go to the Wild. We’ll see what his true colors are soon – if he turns down a competitive offer from a team that was 2 wins away from the Cup to go to a team that didn’t even make the playoffs for more $.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:40 PM

      Your team that was 2 wins from a cup is 1 goalie retirement away from being a lottery pick. Cute lil fluky run the Devils had but it’s over and I doubt over the next 5 seasons they will ever come close again.

      • jb8383 - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:52 PM

        You can look at it however you like, but the fact is we were 2 wins away.

      • gaborik104life - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:26 PM

        “1 goalie retirement away from being a lottery pick.” He is 30 years old and has gotten better with age. This is one of the top two goaltenders in the league, an argument can be made for #1 and on top of that this team went to the ECF and led the Eastern Conference in regular season. The top four Dmen for this team are a formidable force one that can match almost any team in the league. The offense is the weakest for this team but the addition of a scorer can make this team cup contenders for at least the next 5-10 years possibly further. You look at the growth of prospects and rookies and this team becomes even more formidable. To bring up the retirement issue is just dumb you pulled the trigger way too early. Copy your comment to use in at the earliest half a decade and then it will make sense.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:30 PM

        What are you? 12?
        So much foolishness typed here it’s not worth my time replying to everything.
        Ill begin and end with Brodeur is not 30 he is 40 and let that stand on it’s own about what value anything you type carries.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:34 PM

        Seriously go make a new screen name because you just crowned yourself the King of Know-Nothings with the most moronic comment seen on these boards….ever

        “Marty Brodeur is 30 and blah blah blah”

      • jb8383 - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:40 PM

        He was clearly talking about henrik…not marty

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:43 PM

        Then he’s an idiot because last I checked Henrik was never 2 wins away from winning the cup in his life.

        Failing at reading and staying on topic is clown forum posting bro

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:47 PM

        I even say “run the Devils had “and this Rangers fan jumps on some idiot tangent about attributing it to the Rangers.

        Simply moronic

      • jb8383 - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:51 PM

        lol, don’t get me started on rangers fans :)

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:06 PM

      The same team that was an overtime goal away from being eliminated by Florida in Game 6. The team that was a goal away from double overtime in Game 7 against Florida in the 1st round from being eliminated

      • m1lla7 - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:23 PM

        While the Wild finished 24th overall…

      • jb8383 - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:53 PM

        You can look at it a million different ways, but we SCORED those goals, and made it to where we got and the other team didn’t!

  8. hockeyfan28 - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Parise to Minnesota that would take Crosby money and he ain’t even in Crosby’s locker room talent wise much less his salary class a much more likely scenario is Parise to Detroit

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      He will be in Crosby’s locker room after the Wild sign Crosby next summer since they have 14 million coming off the books with 3 players alone.

      • tmoore4075 - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:00 PM

        I had respect for you, your opinion and your support of your team until this. You must be smoking something strong. Sorry cap space does not equal players automatically signing there. Crosby isn’t leaving the Pens. By your calculations and they signed Suter, Parise and Crosby, the 13-14 Wild would have like 13 players signed for around $54mil. Assuming Parise and Suter got around 7mil each and Crosby 10mil. Cap will probably be low to mid 60’s so 10 mil for 10 more players. That’s not good talent your’re getting.So that depth you talked about wouldn’t be there. They would be the Miami Heat of the NHL.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:30 PM

        That was a half hearted joke about Crosby being in the same locker from the post above that. Even I know the Pens will resign Crosby at some point within the next year!

  9. pone27 - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    I think the Wild have a great shot at getting Parise.

    The Wings are a team that is OLD and is on its way to start having a much less chances of winning their division, let alone a cup. I see Suter heading to Detroit, but the Wild have a much better future at hand player wise (age) and cap wise.

    Regardless, it will be interesting to see what Parise does.

    • tmoore4075 - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      First people have been saying that since 1999 about the Wings so I wouldn’t count them out…well ever. Red Wings aren’t quite as old as everyone thinks either. Aren’t young but Datsyuk (33), Zetterberg (31), Kronwall (31), Franzen (32), Filppula (28), Cleary (33) ,Helm (25) and Howard (28) aren’t exactly old either.

      • pone27 - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:54 PM

        Right, but give it another 2-3 years, and what do you say then about all of them? Add in a little Bertuzzi, and thats a high average age. I would say (didnt look at the official numbers) but the Wings are probably the oldest team in the league.

        Hence, why I said they are on their way to start having less chances.

      • hockinj25 - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:56 PM

        Don’t forget about the prospects too. Smith, Nyquist, Tatar, etc.

  10. danphipps01 - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    … how on Earth is a perennial 20-goal, 60-point man (who actually doesn’t even hit sixty all that often) making $6,750,000 until time freaking stops? God, that contract is horrific. And I thought Heatley was the worst contract in that locker room.

    Don’t get me wrong. I like Koivu. He’s a heart-and-soul kind of guy, a perfect captain and critical to his team in many ways. He’s just nowhere near earning that giant salary for the next forever or so.

    • ThatGuy - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      The only linemate Koivu has ever had that is even a border line first liner is Heatley, who is about two years past his prime.(Koivu and Gaborik were never on the same line). Koivu earns his contract, he just can’t do it alone.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:42 PM

        The record disparity alone when Koivu plays vs not playing is ridicilous. Like ThatGuy stated he has has never played with a first liner. Heatley isn’t a first liner at this point in his career. A very nice 2nd liner, but not top.

  11. mpops86 - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Hasn’t anyone ever heard of tampering?! Parise is still Devils property.

    • ThatGuy - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      Lou Nanne doesn’t work for the Wild and no one has contacted Parise from the Minnesota organization. Lou Nanne at this point is a sometime broadcaster/radio guest and is free to speculate about any player he wants.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 14, 2012 at 1:14 AM

        However Nanne did play with Zach’s dad, JP. I have a feeling JP knows what Zach is going to do, therefore Nanne knows what JP knows.

  12. treydogg97 - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    I don’t see what the problem is with paying Parise max money, aside from concerns about injuries. So what if he’s a winger, on an elite level he’s about as complete a player as you could find.

  13. bcisleman - Jun 13, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    At the end of the day, Zach is going to disappoint a lot of people in MIN & DET & elsewhere. Hhe is going to stay right where he is.

    Partly this is because he has a bond w/ his teammates and fans but mostly it’s because of Lou. There is one reason that the Devils have been as successful as they have over the past two decades and that is that they have the most capable GM in the NHL—yes, he’s more capable than Holland.

    Also, apart from Marty, who obviously can still play at a very high level, and Elias, the team has a very young core compared to DET. I suspect that, at the end of the day, Zach is going to decide that his best chance to drink from the Cup is to stay with Lou and his guys at the Rock–and he’ll offer a hometown discount if need be.

    • carolinasabre - Jun 14, 2012 at 10:59 AM

      Take a look at Capgeek and the Devils roster status….Almost everyone not named Kovalchuk is RFA/UFA this year or next…..that’s a bit concerning about the fate of the Devils.

  14. broadstbully33 - Jun 13, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Zach texted me and said he wants to play with the best player in the world Claude Giroux and also added he wants to play with the funniest Scott Hartnell

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 14, 2012 at 1:23 AM

      For free agency this year, the Flyers are like the homeless guy sitting on the corner bagging you for spare change and left over food from that drunken taco bell run you had last night (not that i endorse drinking and driving).

      The Wild and Red Wings are like the filty rich oil mogues who sit on the top floor of their building in their 3,000 dollar leather chair, smoking that $900 cuban cigar, with a 4 iron sitting besides their granite counter topped desk and the electronic golf simulator in the corner while he’s talking on his iphone making plans for the dinner tonight at the 5 star sea food joint and wondering which $340 dollar bottle of wine goes with dinner, not giving a crap about juanita making minimum wage with 9 babies by 9 different fathers behind the ghetto store with bullet proof glass and bars around the window who was married to the homeless guy in the above paragraph.

  15. martysbetter - Jun 13, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    He could take the money and run to a team that “might” be competing for a cup, or he could stay with the team he captained that was 2 wins away from the cup.

    The same organization who has been in the playoffs 15 of the past 16 seasons — what other team can say that?

    Above all, Lou Lamoriello is dedicated to putting a competitive team on the ice, year in and year out, if Zach Parise wants to win, he has just as good a chance in New Jersey as anywhere else.

    • chootemslug - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:47 PM

      Detroit can say 20 out of the last 20 seasons.

      • langforc - Jun 14, 2012 at 9:21 AM

        *cough* 21 of the last 21 *cough*

  16. kangarooparm - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Sorry Devs fans, no way he’ll stay with the brodeur era almost over and well documented financial issues. Of course he’ll say all the right things 2 days after the season.

  17. carolinasabre - Jun 14, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    A) I get that he’s the “former” GM..but this is pretty close to tampering. He’s not a free agent yet and he’s negotiating with the Devils. Another team leaking this is interfering.

    B) Do not rule out the Sabres. They have the commitment (now) and hockey market he’s looking for. Winning a Cup in Buffalo would be (& will be when it happens) alot more rewarding than signing with the Kings are repeating…he’s a leader…and leader’s like to lead…not follow.

    • ThatGuy - Jun 14, 2012 at 10:39 AM

      He is A former GM, not The Wild’s former GM. And that was 30 years ago he was the North Stars GM, he has zero affiliation with the Wild besides knowing everyone in the hockey business, both in and out of Minnesota.

      His job is a hockey commentator and does weekly guest spots on KFAN and ESPN1500. His job is to speculate on what he knows via what he hears.

      • carolinasabre - Jun 14, 2012 at 10:54 AM

        Doesn’t matter…the information came from the OWNER! The owner is speaking to someone essentially in the media, no? So the owner tells someone something that he knows will be repeated in the media (and it was)…it gets out there…and Parise’s agent now knows that he can always go to the Wild to get his asking price…uses that against the Devils. That’s tampering.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:52 AM

        No, Nanne has no media affiliation. Doesn’t collect a pay check or anything. He is no different than if they had Barry Melrose, Bob McKenzie, or Michael Russo of the local paper on. And, your so freaking naive if you don’t think Parise’s agent hasn’t talked to the Devils, Rangers, Wild, Panthers, Avalanche, Sharks, Flyers, Jets, Bruins, Nordiques, Whalers, Stars, and Rockies

  18. spavs412 - Jun 14, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Great player great worker but is he Geno, Sid, datsyk, stammer, anyone in top 10 points??? No, so why overpay??

  19. schartz55 - Jun 14, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    I would just like to let everyone who is not local Minnesota that KFAN is the official Wild station and many of the radio hosts constantly sell hope of the future of the team even though they haven’t had a watchable hockey squad in years. It appears a couple of the people posting on here have drank the kool aid and take the propaganda KFAN to heart. While I agree the Wild may have a shot at Parise but it’s an outside shot. KFAN would have you believe the Wild will be hoisting the cup in a couple years but the reality is they will be lucky to make the playoffs with or without Parise and these so called top prospects. The core is just not strong enough on D or O in the organization.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:27 PM

      KFAN maybe the radio home of the Wild, however Lou Nanne was on a different radio station on the AM side at ESPN and said pretty much the same exact thing a mere 4 hours BEFORE he was on Barreiro’s show on Tuesday.

  20. xjokerz - Jun 15, 2012 at 3:50 AM

    Wings have how much money open for parise ? Ohhhh that’s right enough to sign two parises. Nobody wants to play for the shotty wild. Go wings

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 15, 2012 at 1:00 PM

      because Detroit is so much more attractive than Minnesota. A team that has questionable goaltending, their 2 best defenseman have either retired or had their rights traded. Maybe we should talk about how much they are aging. When a player is going to sign a 10 contract, they are going to look further beyond being narrow sighted for a year or two.

  21. xjokerz - Jun 15, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Who’s old on the wings ? Most of them are 26-32……

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 15, 2012 at 4:16 PM

      For instance in 5 years most likely Bertuzzi (would 42), conklin (41), and Holmstrom (44) will all be out of the league.

      Cleary (38), datsyuk (38), Franzen (37), janik (37), kronwell (36), macdonald (37), zetterberg (36) will either be out of the league or will have lost a step or two.

      If they go to Minnesota, they would be in younger prospects who will hit their prime in a year or two. Players when signing a long contract will look further down the road. The fact the Wild are set up perfectly salary cap wise and prospect wise would give them a longer run of being competitive.

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